Well, there’s no time like the present—at least here in the Rockies, where it’s slated to snow all Christmas week.
Those dealing with more moderate weather can stop reading now and grab a bowl of ‘ordinary’ vanilla ice cream.
But if you want an extraordinary frozen treat, grab a bowl and get your coat. One serving of magical vanilla snow ice cream is coming right up!
Snow Ice Cream (single-serving size)
At Imagine Learning, we enjoy treats. Sometimes those treats come from our snack closet; sometimes they come fully prepared by generous co-workers.
But a bowl of snow ice cream can come with virtually no effort. Just assemble the following:
- A generously sized bowl for one (remember, the snow compacts a bit once you mix it with other ingredients)
- 1 c. half and half (or milk)
- ¼ c. granulated sugar
- ½-1 tsp. vanilla extract
Now that you have everything ready to go, simply pour a cup of half and half (or milk) in your bowl. Mix in the sugar. Next, add approximately a one-half teaspoon of vanilla (you can add more later if you need to).
Gather your bowl, a large scoop or measuring cup, and a rubber spatula—and head outdoors!
HINT: It may seem obvious, but be sure to use freshly fallen snow when you make snow ice cream. If in doubt, use your best judgment.
Once outside, head for a promising snow drift and scoop four cups of snow (or however much you can fit without spilling) into your bowl. Fold the snow into the cream, sugar, and vanilla quickly. Taste to adjust the flavor. If you need a bit more half and half, sugar, or vanilla, simply add a dash of whatever you lack.
The great thing about snow ice cream is that you can’t really mess it up. As long as you have your three basic ingredients—plus plenty of snow—you have everything you need.
P.S. Making snow ice cream can be a fun activity for pre-school and elementary kids, too—it’s a memory they’ll never forget.
Meanwhile, if you live in a snowy area, get out and play in your own Winter Wonderland during the holidays, or any time you like.