Snow Days

Tastes like vanilla icecream

Tastes like vanilla ice cream

By Katherine (Photos by Greg)

Snow isn’t too common in these parts and a White Christmas, well it had been 80 or so years since we’d had one. (Not for us personally, but the great state of Arkansas.) So in all the years we’ve been here, I’d never gotten a chance to make snow cream for Greg. This was a favorite treat growing up in Maryland. Dad would set out a pan to collect falling snow, then mom would mix up a big bowl using sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla. It was always a let down if the snow was too heavy. Icy snow won’t work. Neither will heavy wet snow. It has to be powdery and fresh. I didn’t have evaporated milk, so my recipe is slightly different than mom’s. My parents don’t drink so they never would’ve put schnapps on top. Also, you probably don’t want to give six little girls even more of an excuse to misbehave.

Snow Cream

  • 6 cups, fresh powdery snow
  • 1 14-ounce can condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps per serving (optional)

Mix snow, condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Drizzle individual servings with peppermint schnapps, if desired.

More about that White Christmas: Snow was in the forecast, but it mainly sleeted and thundered throughout the day in Central Arkansas. By nightfall, snow began to fall and it kept falling. We saw almost eight inches. While we were among hundreds of thousands of people who lost power in the state, we were lucky that ours was back by the morning.

And what a morning it was. Mingus took to the snow like a husky. Even Coltrane, who’s about 14, enjoyed his morning walk. We lost a few trees, but they were mostly ones Greg had wanted to cut down. Here are some photos Greg shot of the dogs. Yes, Mingus joined the Polar Bear club.

Where did that bone go

Where did that bone go?

Almost up to their stomachs

Almost up to their stomachs

Howdy folks

Howdy folks

This creek looks refreshing

This creek looks refreshing

The water was colder than he expected

The water was colder than he expected

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33 Responses to Snow Days

  1. nancyc says:

    We didn’t get any snow a little further north…but when we do, I’ll have to try this!

  2. Lauren says:

    Beautiful photos! They almost make me jealous of the snow… almost.
    I do love some snow ice cream, though. Brings back childhood memories!

  3. Kristy says:

    Holy cow! How is it that you guys got snow before we did?! We’ve only had a slight dusting. That’s just crazy! It looks beautiful though. Love the shots of Mingus – especially with the snow all over his nose. I’ve also never seen snow ice cream before – very fun! Enjoy!

  4. Michelle says:

    Ah, snow cream. We always made it (with just plain old milk and no booze … but what do you expect from the granddaughter of a dairy farmer?) when I was a kid. Beautiful pics. Happy new year!

  5. A_Boleyn says:

    What a great treat for young and old. :) Both the walk in the snow and the ice cream concoction.

  6. Oh, I made this as a kid! Memories!

  7. We were “supposed” to get snow in our area (NE OK) but it shifted…to YOU! Love the pics and am now craving snow ice cream. :) paula

  8. Dallas claimed the first snow at Christmas in 83 years. You must have gotten the same system NE TX did. This sounds fairly easy provided you get the right kind of snow. :) I love looking at food through your eyes and ideas! You really make it fun.
    Your pictures are great. It did fall deep in your area and the dogs look quite playful and excited by it all.

  9. easybaked says:

    So fun!!!! I’ve done this before- and I’d forgotten all about it…plus the schnapps were a yummy idea! Beautiful photos!!!!

  10. My mom used to make this, too! Thanks for the memories, guys!
    The photos are great (as you said they’d be!), but I really love the one of Mingus galloping towards the camera…
    (If we ever get snow this winter, maybe we can make a pan of snow cream with Angel…)

  11. rutheh says:

    Love seeing the Mingus and Coltrane romping in the snow. Murphy sends greetings. I remember hearing about my mother and grandparents making snow cream but no details. What a White Christmas!

  12. Andrea says:

    Beautiful photos. I just heard about snow cream on an NPR segment and I am (im)patiently awaiting a snow fall. Looks great! Can you add chocolate syrup?

  13. What a great set of pictures. Here in France I could make any recipe that included rain water. I know our Grandchildren would be very envious of your White Christmas. The nearest I got to that was watching Bing Crosby’s classic movie:)

  14. Beautiful photos. I have never had snow candy, although I have heard about it (also versions made with maple syrup and molasses). We only get a snow day once in a great while — maybe three times in my life here in California.

  15. spicegirlfla says:

    I love these shots! My little Chihuahuas hate the cold in Atlanta – and you know there is no snow here! I’ve heard of making a treat from snow but never saw a recipe. How fun is this! I wish I had done his for my kids when we lived in Ohio. Guess I will wait for grandkids to arrive! Happy holidays!

  16. windykitchen says:

    awesome snow pics! I wish it would snow here…OR be 75 and sunny. I’m cool with either.

  17. kayjayaitch says:

    Great post! Dogs and snow deserve one another! All mine got, (Leek, Staffordshire, UK) was black, soggy mud and freezing winds!

  18. Beautiful pictures.. no snow here yet but we are still hoping for some later on in the season

  19. sallybr says:

    As a native Brazilian, I went into shock when I learned of a recipe made with snow, and not just any snow, but a particular kind of snow…. I was amazed when I moved to the US and learned of all the different terms to classify the white stuff that falls from the sky. In Brazil we clal them all the same, and we don’t want to be in contact with it :-)

    Great fun for the pups, though – wonderful pictures!

  20. It’s been years since we had enough or the right kind of snow for snow cream…I am jealous! What a beautiful snow you had and glad you have power. You Mingus and Coltrane look line they are ready to pull the sled!

  21. Is amazing! Good for you guys… :)

  22. Beautiful Photos – Happy Friday:)

  23. Ooh you lucky things!

  24. Mad Dog says:

    How fantastic!

  25. Eva Taylor says:

    Holy cow! That’s a lot of snow! We got a good dumping too, likely the remenents of your storm. Nice use of snow, we were away for a few days and our kind neighbours shoveled for us! Buckle down, put on a wood fire, and bring out the bubbly. Cheers.

  26. ChgoJohn says:

    Well isn’t this a switch? We’ve little snow and you’ve got a nice blanket. I doubt that Mingus will go for a dip again when there’s snow on the ground. It only takes one time. :)

  27. Karen says:

    Looks like a good time was had be all.

  28. petit4chocolatier says:

    Beautiful pictures :)

  29. How much I loved these photos…what joy and utter frivolity. We all need more of that. May your new year be filled with peace and happiness greg and katherine.

  30. We have about 18″ of powdery stuff out there AND condensed milk in the cupboard. Why, I don’t know, but it was obviously waiting for this recipe to fall in my lap. Yippee! Happy new year to you!

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