11 Frosty Foods to Bring on a Snow Picnic Because We Will Not Be Stranded Indoors

This Polar Vortex thing has gotten out of hand. A foot of snow? Wind chill to put Antarctica to shame? Enough is enough. We’re going on a picnic — winter be damned.

Snow picnicking isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re ready to brave this most daunting of adventures, you’re going to need a scrumptious menu and a little booze. And maybe some Viking blood in your veins. For our fearless foodies, we’ve put together a picnic menu both hot and cold, sweet and savory. Because if the Polar Vortex has taught us anything, it’s how to make the best of a snow day.

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Salted Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate

We know, we know. How can you possibly put so many yummy things together in a single mug of goodness? Find out at London Bakes.

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Baobing for Red Beans

You didn’t think we were just going to let you sit around, sipping hot chocolate, did you? We’re eating snow, Asian-style. My Name Is Yeh has the scoop on baobing, a Chinese shaved ice dessert topped with condensed milk and red bean paste.

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Little House in the Polar Vortex

Channel your inner frontier girl with this maple syrup taffy from The Kitchn.

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The Snow Is Your Oyster

Good news for our fancier foodies: snow makes for a perfect chilled oyster plate. Pair your shellfish with Simply Delicious’ Tabasco granita for a welcome hint of heat.

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Spice It Up

Once the brain freeze starts to set in, warm up with a thermos of spiced apple cider, courtesy of I Am a Food Blog.

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Easy as Pie

Now that you’re all warmed up, we’re getting back on the ice. Joy the Baker calls for freezing this apple pie granita — but lucky for you, intrepid foodie, you can just drizzle this sweet syrup over snow.

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The Other Tortilla

Delicious hot or cold, the Spanish tortilla is a perennial picnic favorite. Top it with crisp bacon, and we’re in heaven. Thanks, Crepes of Wrath!

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Thai Breaker

Spice meets ice in this aromatic, cardamom-infused coffee from Steamy Kitchen. Whip up a pot and pour it over a tall glass of snow.

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Whiskey on Ice

If you need something stronger than coffee, a little whiskey never hurt anyone. Bring a flask of Make It Naked’s cocktail and muddle it with a cup of snow.

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Soup Kitchen

A thermos of creamy tomato soup, courtesy of The Gouda Life, is just the thing after a day in the snow. You can thank us later.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

End on a sweet note with this frozen hot chocolate from A Cozy Kitchen. Trade crushed ice for snow and enjoy the pure, wintry decadence. Image: A Cozy Kitchen