Maple Snow Ice Cream
Maple Snow Ice Cream
Here in Kentucky, we got a couple inches of fresh snowfall last night. After lunch today, I thought I’d give a try at homemade snow ice cream. I’d seen it mentioned a few times around the blogging world, but I wanted to make a healthy version without white sugar. I saw maple syrup used in one of the recipes I read, and thought that would be the perfect flavor to blend with the vanilla and the cream. It was quite delicious.
1 gallon of fresh snow
1 Tbs pure vanilla extract
¼-½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
about ¾ cup half and half (*see note)
large bowl measuring cups/spoons large spoon
Fill a large bowl with snow.
Pour in the vanilla.
Add the syrup (determining how much you use based on how sweet you want it to be).
Stir in the heavy cream.
Add the half-and-half until it’s the consistency of ice cream.
about 1 quart ice cream
|Low in sodium
Very high in manganese
The cream freezes when it hits the snow. Stir it well to get it evenly distributed. The next time I make this, I’m going to infuse the cream with vanilla beans then let it cool before mixing it with the snow.
For an amazing flavor kick, try using Homemade Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer in lieu of half and half.
I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe. Did you make it? Did you enjoy it? Did you make any adjustments to it?
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Hallee… you rock with new recipes!!! Too bad we don’t get snow here for me to try this. :(
My grandmother always made us “snow cream” when we got snow around our parts…which wasn’t very often. She always just made it with vanilla flavoring. One ice cream company (Breyer’s?) even makes this flavor now. And it takes me back to my grandmama’s house when I was young. (It’s icy with a little snow mixed in right now. Longing for a snowfall so I can make some.) Thanks for sharing your version.
My kids are very happy people right now, thanks for the great recipe! We had a big snow here yesterday (NE New Mexico), this will be a new tradition for us.
That is SO exciting! I love hearing that. Thank you so much!
We just had a huge snow today, over 2 ft! I *just* happened on this recipe today right before dinner, and decided to give it a go, as my 4yo daughter had just been asking to eat just snow for dinner! It was so yummy! It’s so much like creamy Italian Ice! I used 1/4 c maple syrup and about 6 drops of stevia. 1/4 cup raw milk, and 3/4 unhomogenized heavy cream. I mixed it all together, with the vanilla extract in a measuring cup first (i wanted to make sure i like the flavor and sweetness first), and then added it all at once to a half gallon of snow (I didn’t have a pot large enough for a gallon). I thought I would add snow as needed, but it was great as is! So yeah, we just ate this for dinner instead of plain snow LOL! Thanks!
That is fantastic!
We can’t have raw milk here. :( It’s against the law.
Hallee… I have a question. I know that you don’t eat bottom feeders like catfish and no pork. I thought that was a safety factor. I quit having snow ice cream a number of years ago because I was concerned about what kind of particles out of the air may be collected in the snow as it falls. Have you given any thought to that possibility? I know that we get warnings all the time about potential carcinogens in things such as water bottles and plastics. If reusing water bottles isn’t a safe practice, I give pause to making snow ice cream… NOW… that is not to say that if I was offered a dish of snow ice cream I probably wouldn’t turn it down. I guess we all want to live on the edge sometimes…lol I’m enjoying your blog alot, Hallee.
That’s a valid concern. I did some research. According to Brigham Young University, fresh fallen snow is safe to eat. They say that the dangers that you hear about it are urban legends. An urban area with high air pollution would put some contaminates in the snow as it falls, but suburban and rural areas the snow is clean.