How To Make Ice Cream Out Of Snow

by Corinne Caputo

When I asked my mother to send me our family's snow ice cream recipe, she hesitated a moment. I figured it was because the recipe is secret and she was debating whether or not to finally share it with the world. It would make sense to keep the recipe hidden in a vault. I didn't know much about it — most of memories of the tasty treat are from when I was still in elementary school — but I did know it was crazy delicious, and the world might not be ready for it.

My mom let out a sigh, and said the words that forever changed my snow day memories. She said, "Corinne... that was real ice cream. I would buy vanilla Haagen Dazs, mix it with snow, and tell you kids it was snow ice cream." My mouth fell open. For years I was thinking my mother was a magical chef who could transform snow into the most delicious treat in the world. Not only was my mother a mere mortal — hardly a magical chef at all — but she was a liar too. She saw my shock, laughed, apologized, and went on to explain that she would follow a traditional snow ice cream recipe (it usually consists of just snow and condensed milk) and, depending if we had any in the freezer, she would mix in a little real ice cream. Her recipe is below, and I have to give her some credit — it is certainly better with a little real ice cream mixed in. Plus, who could be mad at their mom for giving them secret dessert?


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, but any kind of milk will do. I've also heard sweetened condensed milk works wonders.
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Snow (clean)
  • A sense of adventure!


  1. Mix together the heavy cream, salt, vanilla extract, and sugar in a large bowl. Once combined, place the bowl in your freezer and bundle up, because it's time to collect your snow.
  2. Gather as much snow as you would like. Keep in mind that the fluffier it is, the more you'll need.
  3. Stir the snow into the cream mixture until it resembles ice cream and serve immediately. It melts super quick! (You can also add in some vanilla ice cream if you're feeling it, and enjoy!)

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