How to Make Snow Ice Cream | Three Ingredient Recipe

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Today I’m sharing our family’s favorite, easy snow ice cream recipe. This ice cream has been a family tradition as long as I can remember during the cold winter months. It is truly one of the easiest and best winter treats, and I cannot believe I’ve never shared it. So I’m holding it back no longer! 

I have memories from my childhood, giddily putting bowls outside of our house the night before a big snow in preparation. And mind you, I grew up in Mississippi so this was a BIG deal. An excited little Courtney the next day, bringing in a large bowl of fluffy snow in excited anticipation of making THE beloved snow ice cream.

This easy recipe has always tasted like homemade ice cream to me (a favorite in my house). Honestly way better than store-bought ice cream, in my opinion. It’s easy with simple ingredients and makes some really happy memories. The perfect snowy day treat! 

And the best part – it’s easy enough for the kids to make on their own!  

I cannot stress enough what a fun recipe and truly EASY recipe this is. All you need is a few cups of fresh snow, milk, and vanilla extract! It’s done in less than 5 minutes, and when I tell you it’s incredible – tastes like homemade vanilla ice cream incredible – I am not exaggerating. 

What I love most about this recipe is that even the kids can enjoy making it!  When the kids are stuck indoors for a snow day, it’s the perfect time to make this recipe. My 7 year old rounded up the ingredients for our last batch of this, made it herself, and had a lot of fun doing it. So YES, it’s that easy.

Dress it up or dress it down. You can add sprinkles, hot fudge, whipped cream, fresh fruit. I’m a bit of a purist myself, so I love the creamy vanilla flavor itself with nothing additional added. 


MILK. We use evaporated milk as it adds creaminess and just the right amount of sweet! You can use regular milk, but it will not be as creamy and you will need to add sugar to sweeten.

SNOW. A bowl of fresh snow! I guess this is a semi-important ingredient for snow ice cream 😉 Although, you can use shaved ice as an alernative. 

VANILLA EXTRACT. This gives it that homemade taste. 

THAT’S IT! 3 ingredients! Can you believe it? 


This goes without saying, but you’ll want clean snow. I like to put a big mixing bowl outside to catch fresh snow if we see it in the forecast. I cover it and keep it outside until we are ready to mix everything up.

The texture of the snow will change how much milk you may need!  If it’s slushier vs. more powdery/fluffy. I recommend starting with less snow and adding more to get the right consistency. If you add too much snow and do not have more milk, it will lose some of that creaminess. 

I highly recommend eating your sweet treat right away! Snow ice cream typically does not freeze very well (in my experience it gets really hard and icy), so we like to eat it fresh for the best experience.


1. Start by gathering all of your ingredients and putting them together. Snow melts quickly once brought inside, so it’s best to have everything ready to go. 

2. Bring in your clean snow from outdoors or your freezer and put it in a large mixing bowl. 

3. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, and then stir until creamy. 

If you find that your ice cream is too soft or runny, add a little more snow. It’s best to have too little snow than too much! 

4. Add toppings (or don’t!) and serve fresh.  Think chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fresh fruit. The sky is the limit! 

Regardless, prepare to be amazed at the homemade ice cream taste.


If you use regular milk for this recipe, I’d highly recommend whole milk and also adding heavy cream to give it even more creaminess. Your milk mixture really gives the ice cream the desired consistency. 

If you use regular milk, you will need to add sweetness in some form. I would do this through sugar or something like a maple syrup or simple syrup. 

Next time you get a few inches of snow, I highly suggest you make this easy snow ice cream your go-to sweet treat! 

Until next time,

Easy Snow Ice Cream Recipe



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An easy, simple winter treat that the whole family will love! Tastes like homemade vanilla ice cream (AND a fun way for the kids to get involved!)


  • 8 Cups of Fresh Clean Snow

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract


  • Start by gathering all of your ingredients and putting them together. Snow melts quickly once brought inside, so it’s best to have everything ready to go.
  • Bring in your clean snow from outdoors or your freezer.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk.
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • Stir until creamy.
  • Serve fresh for best results!

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