Do you want to hear a 4 letter word that throws southerners into a tizzy? SNOW and lately North Carolina has been getting its share. While others are busy making their milk sandwiches, I am whipping up some easy snow cream.
Snow in North Carolina is anything but unusual. How much the different areas of the state receive may vary but we get snow. You won’t find me running to the store for milk and bread though.
For me, snow days are for making things like soup and having hot chocolate after we have been playing in the snow. It is also the perfect time to make snow cream.
As a disclaimer, more so if you live in an urban area there has been research that you should not eat snow due to air pollutants. I don’t think that has stopped anyone from catching a snowflake on their tongue or anything else. I think most people stick with staying away from yellow (and other colored) snow. At least, I hope they do.
The first step in making snow cream is collecting your snow. You need a lot of clean, fresh snow. To collect the snow you can place a large bowl outside and wait for it to snow. If you are like me you can also just go outside and collect some clean, fresh snow after you have had 6 inches or so. You are going to need 12 or so cups. You are going to want more than you need.
Then all that is left to do is make your snow cream and it whips up in minutes. You start with 8 cups of snow and stir in a can of sweetened condensed milk and some vanilla. I prefer vanilla bean paste and those specks in my snow cream are actually specks of vanilla bean.
Once you have everything stirred up you can add more snow to get to the consistency you want. Then you can go ahead and eat your snow cream or place it in your freezer until later for a perfect snow day treat!
The next time snow is in your forecast try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
What is your favorite snow day treat? Do you add anything to your snow cream?
- 8-12 cups clean fresh snow
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Mix 8 cups of snow, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until well mixed. Add additional snow to reach desired consistency.
- Eat right away or freeze for later.
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com