This Is How to Make Snow Ice Cream with Fresh Snow

You can mix snow with sugar and vanilla to make snow ice cream!

The best parts of winter are holiday celebrations, cozy fires, hot chocolate and snow. Yes—snow! While we don’t love shoveling snow, it sure makes things look beautiful. And we recently learned that a fresh snow is also the key ingredient in a wintry treat you really can’t get any other time of year—snow ice cream.

What Is Snow Ice Cream?

It’s exactly what it sounds like—ice cream made out of fresh snow. It sounds super simple, because it is. But that doesn’t make it any less delicious. Just a quick search on TikTok or Instagram will show how popular it is!

@christmas.blissSnow ice cream! ❄️🍦#christmas #holidayszn #HolidayTikTok♬ Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

It also sounds like every family has a snow cream recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Instagram user @freewheelinfoodies shared that she used to make this sweet treat with her grandma:

We love that this trend is also a family tradition!

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

The morning after a snowfall, scoop up the freshest snow you can find. Next, add a little bit of sugar and vanilla extract and mix with the snow until it’s combined. Finally, add the toppings of your choice. We love a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk and colorful sprinkles, but there are tons of options to try.

Instagram user @green_mountain_mom recommends eggnog and maple syrup, while @joyfultinkering uses chocolate syrup for an extra sweet treat. @mustloveherbs reminds us that the mixture can also be frozen to create a firmer texture. “Not all snows are created equally and some may need more liquid while others need less. Adjust accordingly!”


It’s hard to believe that we had no idea snow cream was even a thing, but now that we’ve learned about it—we’re all in! While you wait for a fresh snowfall, try these homemade ice cream recipes.

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