5 recipes for turning fresh snow into an icy treat

I didn’t’ grow up in a place where it snowed, but luckily my Grandparents lived in an icy wonderland. Every winter we’d make the trek to their house at least once, tie plastic bags around our feet and head out into the snow. Every trip was accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate and a ‘snow cone’. I remember the snow cones being this amazing delicacy that only my Grandma could make.

A few years ago I asked her for her secret recipe. Her reply: 1 heap of snow and a handfull of sugar. That’s it? I tried it one year. It wasn’t as delectable as it had been to my childhood self.

So I came up with a few of my own recipes. I make these à la carte style. I have a big bowl of snow and all the toppings lined up and let my kids pick out whatever they want me to mix in.

Note: With the first four recipes you’ll need a large bowl or cup for mixing. 2 heaping cups of snow may sound like a lot, but when it’s all mixed up it will really only yield about a 1/2 cup. Also keep in mind that these proportions are just a ballpark figure, it always varies depending on how dense your snow is.

Raspberries n’ Cream
2 heaping cups of fresh snow
1 T sweet and condensed milk
1 T raspberry apple juice concentrate.

Chocolate Frosty
2 heaping cups of fresh snow
1 T sweet and condensed milk
1/2 t of ovaltine

2 heaping cups of fresh snow
1 T sweet and condensed milk
1/8 t of vanilla

Root Beer Float
2 heaping cups of fresh snow
1 T sweet and condensed milk
1 T of root beer

Snow Cone Syrup
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid, any flavor

Place the sugar and water in a pan, bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the Kool-Aid. Cool to room temperature, then place in the refrigerator our outside until chilled. Pour over snow.

What are your favorite snow treat recipes?

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  1. Becca

    Old PIoneer recipe we like: get a bunch of snow (like 15 cups). Stir together a cup of milk and a cup of sugar, and then pour them over the snow and mix: Snow Ice Cream!

    My kids’ favorite, though, is to take sweetened koolaid powder or even hot cocoa powder and sprinkle it over the snow and stir.

    • Becca – Ya, I guess milk would be a little healthier than sweet and condensed milk… But it’s just so creamy and delicious. I’ll have to try this version next time we get some fresh snow.

  2. Christie

    My mother used to make this for us. She was from Winnipeg, Canada. She always called it snow cream adding just milk, sugar and some vanilla extract. I have fond memories of sitting in from of a fire after a day of sledding with a bowl of this. :)

    • Christie – Snow cream. I like that term, I was trying to think of what to call it, that fits perfectly!

  3. Megan

    I use to teach at an outdoor centre and we would take kids out snowshoeing in the winter. We would bring a really concentrated mixture of kool-aid in a squeezie ketchup bottle. We’d get the kids to scoop up some snow in a dixie cup and give a squirt of the sugary mixture on top. It was such a big hit for such a little thing :)

    • Megan- What a great idea! I can definitely see that being a big hit.

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