Snow Ice Cream

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This is the snow ice cream recipe I have been making since I was little. It’s simple to make, tastes amazing and you can eat it right away. No freezing and all you need is milk, sugar and vanilla!
Mother Nature is dishing out all sorts of opportunities for making Snow Ice Cream this year! Take advantage of it, and make some memories. When the “white stuff” piles up outside and the kids have a snow day, there isn’t a much better activity than making Snow Day Ice Cream!


My Favorite Snow Ice Cream Recipe 

I actually have two snow ice cream recipes on my website, but this one is the original. The other recipe uses sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. That recipe is best when you pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours. This one is best when it’s eaten immediately. 

This recipe uses milk, so technically, I would call it “ice milk.”  I remember the first time I made this recipe. It was in Mrs. Hallstrom’s first-grade class.

We had gotten a whole bunch of snow and our teacher let us make it in class. She wrote the recipe down for all of us, and I still have it.

My brother and I made snow ice cream every time we could from that moment on. It was always a treat.



Ingredients in Snow Ice Cream

One gallon of clean white fluffy snow, sugar, some vanilla extract, and milk is all that you will need. It’s not important what kind of milk, whatever you have on hand will work just fine. This means that if you eat dairy-free, you can use coconut milk, almond milk, whatever you like.

How to make Snow Ice Cream

This recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, scoop, and enjoy!
The only thing that I did change from Mrs. Hallstrom’s original recipe was that it called for an egg, and I make mine without eggs. Better safe than sorry.

Love it? Pin it!

Make sure you remember how to make this 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.


Is Snow Ice Cream Safe to Eat

As long as you are gathering your snow from a clean and safe area, then the answer is YES! New, clean, fluffy white snow is the best for making snow ice cream.

Obviously, don’t gather it by the street or scrape down to the ground to get the snow. Take it from the top, or even better, leave a big bowl outside when the snow starts, to gather the snow.


Other Ice Cream recipes 

I love making homemade ice cream, and I have quite a few other recipes. Some of the ice cream recipes use an ice cream maker, some are a “no-churn” method. Here are a few of my favorites:

My kids love to top it with Hot Fudge Sauce


I scream you scream we all scream for  SNOW ICE CREAM! Let’s make some! M.
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Snow Ice Cream

This is the snow ice cream recipe I have been making since I was little. It's simple to make, tastes amazing and you can eat it right away. No freezing and all you need is milk, sugar and vanilla!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice milk, my favorite snow ice cream recipe, no sweetened condensed milk, snow day ice cream, Snow Ice Cream, without eggs
Servings: 1 /2 gallon
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 gallon of clean white snow
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla
  • 2 cups milk I used a little more


  • Combine all ingredients in a big bowl until creamy.  
  • Eat immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 26mg | Sugar: 20g


This recipe was originally posted on February 22, 2013. It was updated to improve user experience and reshared on February 12, 2021.



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  3. This is perfect timing as we have so much snow right now. Love that it can be customized to one’s flavor preference! YUM!

  4. This is such perfect timing to find your post! It’s been snowing here and I know the kids will love this! How creative!

  5. Wow! I have actually never tried making snow ice cream before but I am pretty sure my kids will love it. Definitely trying this one!

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