Here in North Carolina, we’re being treated to some abnormally cold and snowy winter weather. This means that the kiddos are having a lot of snow days, and moms and dads are desperately searching for ways to keep the children (and themselves!) from climbing the walls. When I was a kid growing up in the Northeast and we were snowbound on one of our many snow days, my mom always whipped up a batch of snow ice cream as a special winter weather treat. It may seem contradictory to eat cold ice cream on a snowy, cold day, but there is something special about the magic of snow ice cream. Especially here in North Carolina where we rarely get enough snow to make this wonderful treat!
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The recipe for snow ice cream couldn’t be easier. The hardest part is gathering the snow. Back home in New York, there was always plenty of fresh, clean snow to choose from. In warmer weather climes where the snow is a little more scarce, you may want to put out a big bowl to collect the snow as it falls.
What you need:
1 gallon or big bowl of clean snow (if you like, you can put the bowl outdoors to collect it as it falls)
1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Once you’ve collected all of your fresh snow and other ingredients, mix together and eat immediately. Yum!You may have heard that it is dangerous to eat snow because of air pollution and other contaminants, but you can rest assured that it’s safe to consume! Snow is crystallized water which makes it the most pure form of precipitation, so, as long as you aren’t collecting your snow from the side of a road or in a busy industrial area, your snow ice cream should be delicious and pure! Remember, the fresher the snow, the better!