Snow Ice Cream

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Creamy snow ice cream made with sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Top it with your favorite ice cream topping or some pretty sprinkles!

Snow Day Ice Cream

This winter has been BRUTAL. Living in Nebraska, we are used to snow, but this COLD? It’s good for nothing. One thing about this winter, though, almost all of the snow, has missed us.

It goes North … It goes South…it goes around us. Our kids have had “cold days” but no “Snow Days” until yesterday.
We finally got some snow, to at least make the cold worthwhile! The kids were home, I was in the kitchen baking peanut butter cookies, and had a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup on the stove. I asked them “hey — you guys wanna make some snow ice cream?”  To which I received a heartfelt “Yay! SNOW ICE CREAM!”
Snow Ice Cream white bowl

Snow Ice Cream Recipes

This wasn’t the first time we had made snow ice cream, but this was the first time we had made it, using this particular recipe. I had heard others talk of making it with sweetened condensed milk and I thought it was time to give it a whirl.
For years and years, and I mean since I was a kid, I have always made this recipe for Snow Ice Cream. I got this recipe from my first-grade teacher, and it’s the one that we always made as kids, and the one I made with mine.
It’s more of an “ice milk” than ice cream, as it uses milk. It’s got the benefit of being able to be made dairy-free, and you get to eat it immediately.  This recipe here is actually Paula Dean’s recipe and it more creamy in texture, but you do need to put it in the freezer for a bit before you scoop it. 

Old Fashioned Snow Cream

Back in the 1950’s they referred to this frozen winter treat as “snow cream.” It was actually made by making a traditional vanilla custard with eggs on the stovetop, then letting it cool before mixing the snow into it to make it. That just sounds like a whole lotta work doesn’t it?

My original recipe actually called for eggs, but I make it without these days. Apparently, in the 1970s nobody knew you shouldn’t eat raw eggs? I’m still here, but I figured, I’d leave them out anyway. 

Of course, the custard option cooked the eggs and made them safe. But I am all about instant gratification, and not adding extra steps to recipes. How about you?


Snow Ice Cream Ingredients

Doesn’t get much easier than a can of sweetened condensed milk, some vanilla extract, and clean white fluffy snow. Well, I guess unless you live where there isn’t snow, then this recipe might pose a problem.

I love using vanilla bean paste instead of just plain ‘ol vanilla extract. It gives it that extra depth of flavor. My favorite is this organic one from Taylor & Colledge. But don’t fret, it’s not a deal-breaker if you don’t have it. 


How to Make Snow Ice Cream with Sweetened Condensed Milk

You are going to need a big bowl. Combine all of the ingredients together.


It will be really slushy. 


Pour it into a metal baking pan and place it in the freezer. I typically use a loaf pan.  


In a couple of hours, it’ll be ready to scoop and enjoy!


Adding some sprinkles always makes it more fun, right?




Make sure you remember how to make this easy recipe for snow ice cream. Pin it to your favorite Pinterest recipe board before you go, then you will know right where the recipe is.

It’s SnOw easy to make! Let’s get to it!    M.
Close up snow ice cream in a blue bowl
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Snow Ice Cream

When it's snowing outside, grab some and make this delicious Snow Ice Cream recipe that uses sweetened condensed milk.
Prep Time3 minutes
Additional Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 3 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best, easy, snow cream, snow day ice cream, Snow Ice Cream, with sweetened condensed milk, without eggs
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 8 cups snow
  • 1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Combine ingredients in a big bowl until smooth.
  • Pour into a metal baking dish and freeze for a couple of hours.
  • Scoop and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 85mg | Sugar: 36g

This recipe was updated on February 13, 2021, to improve the reader experience. 

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  1. We’re supposed to have snow this weekend…and if so, I’m making this! In all my 33 years of living in the mountains with snow, I’ve never had snow cream!

  2. We have plenty (perhaps more than enough) snow lately, and I keep seeing recipes for snow ice cream! This one seems super simple, and I know it will taste good because: sweetened condensed milk! The secret ingredient to all things sweet and lovely. Can’t wait to give it a try this weekend with our son!

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