A half-pint of snow ice cream
December 7th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Snowpocalypse! Snowmageddon! SNOMG! Whatever portmanteau your local news outlet uses to panty-bunch about major winter weather events, odds are they bury the lede like a Mini Cooper in the path of a city plow. I won't: FREE FOOD is FALLING from the SKY.

Here's how to get your blizzard buffet on for a fraction of the price of Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche and feel like you're Laura Ingalls Wilder, hardscrabbling out on the Dakota Territory, minus the outhouse and pig bladder balloons.

You'll need a large clean bowl, a can of sweetened condensed milk and your favorite vanilla. (In the version pictured above, I used Madagascar Vanilla Bourbon powder, but that's just because I get random, fancy stuff in the mail. Regular vanilla extract is fine.)

The moment you notice snow falling, set the bowl outside in a spot you're sure is out of any animals' splash zones. Sure, you could brush some from the top of a car, but this ensures the cleanest, fluffiest flakes. When the bowl is nearly full, bring it inside.

Here's where the measurements get a tad fuzzy but hey - you're cooking with snow. It's not like you're meting out saffron threads and truffles by the microgram.

Open the sweetened condensed milk and with a spatula, gently, thoroughly fold about a third of the contents into the snow until it's thoroughly mixed. Keep adding condensed milk until the mixture is as rich as you'd like. Then stir in the vanilla, a half teaspoon at a time, until the taste is to your liking. Spoon into bowls, serve immediately.

If you'd like a slightly less creamy version, ditch the sweetened condensed milk and replace it with a mixture of one cup milk and one half cup sugar.

Yes, we are aware that many folks find snow gross and toxic. Others don't. Make at your own risk.

Try "Little House on the Prairie"-sanctioned Hailstone Ice Cream or Snow Candy and read "The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories."

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  1. Sheila

    4 cups snow
    1 cup milk
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp vanilla
    Will give you great tasting snow cream. Nothing fancy, just good.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  2. justin

    i have always wanted to know how to make this thanx for posting the recipe

    December 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  3. Rachel

    My mother always made snow ice cream when we had ann accumulation of the "white stuff." We children (all six of us) would race around after the snow had stopped to see who could get the most for her to work with. Vanilla, sugar and cream were added and placed into the freezer to harden. Ummm! Certainly beat trudging out in the snow to a store!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  4. text4foodnetwork

    My grandma used to make snow ice cream whenever we had substantial snowfall in Oklahoma. Thanks for sharing this recipe – brought back a lot of good memories.

    December 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  5. rmf

    And here for years I thought we were weird. I'm glad our family isn't the only one gobbling up tasty flakes!

    December 8, 2010 at 12:45 am |
  6. Deb

    Of course, snow ice cream is a tradition! Big flakes make the best ice cream. It has to stay below freezing for the snow to be good, and you have to monitor your chosen snow accumulation to make sure it doesn't get "contaminated." And yes, we live in the country, so we never have a problem with "smog snow." We add vanilla, cream and sugar. Mmmmmm...

    December 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  7. LOLA

    mm sounds good, I wish it would snow in texas!

    December 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  8. razzlea

    Checkout my food http://shamirecipes.blogspot.com/

    December 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  9. beenz

    By the way-those little chunks are not chocolate chips.. be sure to remove the bird poop before eating..

    December 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
    • Katie

      Hahahha. I do have an inordinate amount of pigeons in the courtyard...

      December 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  10. Katie

    I put my bowl outside on the windowsill already. Can't wait!

    December 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  11. Patti

    Snowcream is nothing new. I made it when I was a little girl over 40 years ago.

    December 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Les

    comes out gray in the City

    December 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    Snow cream is wonderful. An easier version (offering more variety) is to use the flavored coffee creamers. Mix it into the snow a little at a time until you've got the consistency and flavor you wnat.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  14. Nanny

    Snow ice-cream has been a tradition in our family for years. Grew up with it and so are my grandkids. Delicious!

    December 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  15. Absurdist

    I love science. String theory leaves me agog like a tiny child.
    I also like snow ice cream. I have snow whether I want it or not, I have to eat whether I want to or not, why not combine the two and make something good out of it?
    Lighten up.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  16. Snowbunny

    Looks like mashed potatoes. :)

    December 7, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  17. Nyonben

    I can't believe the Science section is gone and this crap exists. I'm stunned.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  18. 4U Mister

    Half pint–I get it! Pa called Laura half pint.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:18 am |
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