The snow is coming! If you live in the northern half of the country, there is a chance that snow has already interrupted your life this season. If not, just wait, because all indications point to a more snowy season than last winter. But instead of just sitting in your house staring out the window, take the opportunity to enjoy a unique treat that is only available when it's snowing: Snow ice cream!
Before the days when you could just pick up a pint of ice cream at the grocery store, pioneer families looked forward to making snow ice cream. Snowfall was a far more serious danger back then than it is today; it trapped families inside their homes and cut them off from supplies. Making ice cream was a great way to take everyone's mind off the hazardous situation and do something fun. You can do the same thing today--after all, what could be worse than getting snowed in with no ice cream in the freezer? If the power goes out, you will be even more keen to find an activity for the kids until the video games work again.
It's easy to plan ahead to make snow ice cream. Just make sure you have some cans of sweetened condensed milk in the house, or regular milk and sugar. When it starts to snow, set out some bowls to catch the freshly falling flakes. In no time, you'll have enough snow for your treat. Mix in the milk and sugar until it tastes just right. You can also add vanilla extract or other flavorings of your choice. It won't taste quite like store-bought ice cream, but snow ice cream has a fluffy texture and natural feel that you can't get any other way.
For a full recipe, and for some additional tips for making the snow ice cream experience more fun, visit our website. For example, if you don’t like the texture of the ice cream when it’s perfectly fresh, you can simply put it in the freezer for a while until it hardens some more. Getting snowed in doesn’t have to be boring and stressful; after your family tries this special treat, they will get excited every time they see the sky cloud up.
Does your family have a unique snow ice cream tradition? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below and spread the ice cream happiness before the snow begins to swirl all over the country.