January 27th, 2011
It doesn’t happen often, but it’s official: New York City schools are closed today. SNOW DAY!
One of our favorite things to do on snowy days is make snow ice cream, aka snow cream. It’s super easy and surprisingly satisfying. (The Hungry Papa is mad for ice cream and might even be considered an ice cream snob. Even he LOVES this stuff.) It helps that it’s so fun to make and gets your little Hungry Ones incredibly excited. I mean, you turn snow into ice cream!!! What could be better than that?!
You can simply spoon snow into a bowl or have some silly fun and bring the ice cream scoop outside. Mix the ingredients and serve. Putting sprinkles on top — or crumbled cookies or graham crackers — makes this an extra special treat. You can also riff of of my basic recipe to make flavored snow cream like the chocolate and berry versions below.
Mix the heavy cream with some chocolate sauce before combining with the rest of the ingredients to make Chocolate Snow Cream or puree and mix in frozen berries for Berry Snow Cream. The possibilities are endless.
Have fun. Eat snow cream. Stay warm… and sane. (Good luck!)
PS: If you’re looking for other stuff to do today, check out this awesome list from Eensies: 10 Things To Do The Next Time It Snows
Vanilla Snow Cream
(can be shared with kids 10+ mos)*
4 c fresh snow
1/2 c heavy cream
1/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop into serving bowls and serve!
*Note: This can easily be shared with kids 6+ mos — it literally melts in your mouth — but I recommend it starting at a slightly older age due to the relatively high sugar content. However old your eaters, be sure to serve age appropriate serving sizes. Though this isn’t as sugary as regular ice cream, it’s pretty much, well, pure sugar!