homemade snow ice cream
Making soft-scoop snow ice cream is a fun and easy way of enjoying the snow. There are many recipes to be found online, but most require large amounts of snow, measured in the gallons. Snow ice cream is best when eaten fresh, so I have listed here a recipe that I have found, that requires only small amounts of ingredients, and serves 4-6. As with most recipes, it is best to alter to your own individual taste, reducing or increasing the amount of sugar, or adding your favourite treats etc. Celebrate winter and have fun!
(* CAUTIONARY NOTE: Although snow ice cream is something I ate every winter as a child, and continue to enjoy as an adult with my own children, some people have expressed concerns about whether it is safe to eat snow, as it is unable to be washed prior to use, and may contain pollutants or bacteria. I am unable to advise whether it is or isn't safe to eat snow. I have provided a copy of a snow ice cream recipe that is readily available online, but it is at the discretion of the reader to decide whether or not to eat snow in the form of snow ice cream.)
4 - 7 cups of fresh, clean snow (Top Tip: Fluffy, 'dry' snow works better than wet, slushy snow. Wetter snow will require less liquid.)
1/3 - 1/2 cup caster or icing sugar.
1 cup milk or half cream /half milk
1/2 tsp - 1 tsp vanilla extract.
chocolate chips or other sweet treats (optional)
How to make snow ice cream:
(1). Collect fresh snow. (Top Tips: (a) Always use fresh snow.
(b) Do not use dirty or yellow snow, for obvious reasons!
(c) Avoid snow that is beneath trees or bushes. You don't want to have to remove leaves
(2) In a large bowl, combine the milk/ cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir until the sugar has dissolved (approx 3 minutes)
(3) Add the fresh snow to the mixture, adding one cup at a time and continue stirring gently, and it will start to thicken.
(4) Taste the snow ice cream, and if you feel it is too sweet, add more snow! If it is too soft after mixing, freeze for a few minutes if desired, for a thicker consistency.
* This snow ice cream recipe is courtesy of www.spoonful.com, and is a recipe submitted by Anne Coleman.