My mom always made us snow cream. Living in the South, we didn’t get the right kind of snow often, so when we did, it was imperative that we break out the sweetened condensed milk (brand didn’t matter), regular milk, sugar and vanilla. I would help, and eventually, be the one to make it in our family. Really, all you needed to know was the ingredients. And of course, what exactly is the right type of snow.
You’ll need the soft, fluffy, clean kind. (No yellow or orange.) The kind that crunches softly beneath your feet as you pack it down when you walk. The best way to gather it is by taking a large bowl or two outside, along with a large spoon, and scooping it from a flat surface high off the ground. If it looks clean, the ground will do in a pinch. But you’ve probably got a car around, and the hood or top of a car is usually a clean enough place. You don’t want to scoop the bottom layer of the snow anyway. Scoop off the clean top layer. Bring it in the house, after you’re finished playing outside, and get out your ingredients. I’ll tell you how to make it, below. It’s very simple, but I never measure. Today, I did, just for our readers. It helps to measure when you’re starting out with something new. You can tweak from there. 😉
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1 1/2 cups regular milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-2 large bowls full of snow
- Fill a large bowl about 3/4 full with snow.
- Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and the regular milk. Stir.
- When the mixture becomes more runny, add more snow until the bowl is about 3/4 full again.
- Add sugar and vanilla.
- Add more snow as desired, if you want it less sweet, but you don’t have to.