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Go Forth and Make Snow Cream for All the Land

January 12, 2011

Give a man a cup of snow and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to make snow ice cream and he will eat for a lifetime.

Ohio Winters: The cup is not only half empty, but also frozen. On days when snowflakes abound and you can’t go anywhere in fear for your safety, go no farther than your back door—and make snow ice cream!

There are many different recipes for snow ice cream online, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits your tastes. I decided to taste-test two different ways.

The first thing you have to do is set out a bowl (or three) as soon as it starts snowing in order to collect the freshest and cleanest snow. A sheet pan will also do. The key to snow collection is surface area! I don’t recommend scooping it off of the ground, but if you don’t mind dirt and pebbles, go for it. On a very snowy day, it only takes an hour or two to collect enough snow for 4 servings of snow cream.

Next, gather the ingredients:

HAZELNUT ESPRESSO SNOW CREAM

Ingredients:

8-10 c. fresh snow
1/3 c. hazelnut coffee creamer (or any flavor you’re partial to)
1/4 c. dark chocolate espresso cups (optional)

Directions:

Add the snow to a large mixing bowl. Pour the coffee creamer over top, tossing the snow to combine evenly. Stir in your candy and serve immediately.

VANILLA MINT CHIP SNOW CREAM

Ingredients:

8-10 c. fresh snow
1/3 c. milk
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. mint chocolate candies, chopped

Directions:

Add the snow to a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add to the snow, tossing to combine. Stir in candy and serve immediately.

Note: I popped a metal mixing bowl and spoon in the freezer to ensure the snow stays super cold while mixing. You are going to lose some volume when you add your ingredients, so that 10 cups of snow only makes 4 servings.

These recipes are really just a base for interesting flavor combinations. With so many coffee creamers out there, your snow cream concoctions are pretty limitless. Maybe Coconut Crème with some crushed pineapple? Or Belgian White Chocolate Macadamia with maraschino cherries?

Snow ice cream isn’t all that creamy, but it’s refreshing in a way that kicks out the winter blues. My mother enjoyed the hazelnut flavored one best. As for me, I prefer the milk and sugar direction. But I’m a sucker for vanilla.

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