Snow cream recipes

Snow cream is a southern classic. Here are recipes that viewers have shared with us.

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*Disclaimer: Food safety experts advise against using raw eggs in any food product that will not be cooked because of the danger of salmonella bacteria present in raw eggs. Cooking eggs destroys the bacteria. Pasteurized egg products can be used as a substitute.
We kids were sent out with a large aluminum bowl and large spoons to scoop up clean snow.

In a large mixing bowl, Mother mixed cream or milk, three cups of granulated sugar, and two tablespoons of vanilla. (Sometimes, she added a couple of eggs, but, raw eggs are taboo for us now.) She, then, dropped large spoonfuls of snow into the mixture. When the mixture began to freeze, she would scoop servings into individual bowls for us.

This was always a wonderful treat that we looked forward to each time we saw a snowflake fall.

Janice Gurganus


1 cup of snow, 1/2 cup of milk/cream, 1 full cup of sugar, and 2-3 tsp of vanilla ext. Add chocolate chips and nuts... chill in the freezer for 30 minutes....scoop and serve with cookies and you are in heaven.....add family board & card games and you have a great winter family afair!

Kyle Kilborn

Hey, not only do I remember eating snow cream as a kid growing up in Goldsboro, I made some this morning here in Wendell.
And David, since I was out of vanilla extract I tried it with almond extract and it was delicious.

- Snow
- Sugar
- Vanilla extract (unless you want to get adventurous and try almond)
- Half and Half

Put aluminum bowl out when it first starts to snow.

Add PET milk, vanilla and sugar to taste, mix very well and add mixture to snow to taste.

You can also make it with Eagle Brand milk and vanilla.

If you have some chocolate syrup, you can make chocolate ice cream.

About 40 years ago, my mother and I took the frozen sleet and used it to pack around the old-fashioned cranked ice-cream maker.
This is my mother's snow cream recipe, which is about 90 years old.

Margaret L. Martin

Snow with sugar, vanilla flavoring and plain milk to taste for plain snowcream , but use less vanilla and use powdered strawberry Nestle powder or chocolate, if preferred.

Diane Bartell

I was making snow cream for my children as you began discussing snow cream. I'm originally from Lee County and my siblings and I would call my grandmother each time it snowed to get the snow cream recipe. Now I make it with my children any time we have enough snow. We don't use Eagle Brand milk, but sometimes put in 2 eggs*, along with 2 cups of milk, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 3 teaspoons vanilla.

My husband is from Wisconsin and had never had snow cream until he came to the sunny south and married me!


We are imports from Boone, living in Raleigh for 33 years. Obviously, we were raised on snow cream. The varieties are endless. If you use sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand milk)m you do not need to add sugar, but do add vanilla (or other flavor, such as almond extract). Stir clean snow into the mix until its combined and the consistency you desire. You could also use regular milk (skim, 2 percent or whole), but will need to add a sweetener, such as sugar, maple syrup or honey, as well as flavoring. Dissolve the sweetener in the milk, and  then add snow until desired consistency. Enjoy your treat...its a rarity in the piedmont.

Linda and Emily Ford


Snow cream! This project was a lot of fun in Burlington N.C. in the 1940s-50s. It requires lots of snow in a bowl and milk to taste. That's evaporated milk, whole milk or (ha! remember this?) top milk. Use just enough milk to moisten the snow and add sugar and vanilla extract to taste. Then put the mixture in the freezer and take it out every now and then to stir it up some so it won't become a solid block of ice. Then eat it!

The best milk to use is sweetened condensed, because it doesn't require added sugar and is thicker.

One more requirement for old-time North Carolina snowy days: DON'T FORGET TO FEED THE BIRDS!

Sue Wallace

Chapel Hill

I too remember eating snow cream as a kid. I recently saw the recipe below in the current edition of The Mountain Times/Winter Guide for 2007 which I picked up in Ashe County.

Old-Fashioned Snow Cream
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 teas. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Clean snow, new fallen

When ready to make, run outside with a bowl and scoop up 4-5 cups of fresh, clean snow with a large kitchen spoon or dip it with a cup. Don't pack the snow, bring it in the house and set it in the freezer until you need it.

Mix together milk, vanilla, and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Slowly add the snow to your mixture, stirring constantly, until it is as thick as ice cream. Eat up.

(For a "cool" variation, kids can add one drop of their favorite food coloring to their mixture.)

Joanie Currin

I have been eating snow cream all of my life (50+ years). Grew up in Eastern North Carolina. Live in Kinston now. My recipe is:

- Snow
- Cream
- Sugar
- Vanilla
- Egg Beaters (used to use raw eggs but may not be safe now)

Mix to consistency you like. DELICIOUS!!!

Sandra Thompson

Oh so long ago when I was just a wee one growing up in Michigan, my family used to make up snow all the time. What a hoot hearing David C mention the stuff. LOL

- 1-3 Cups of CLEAN Snow
- 1/2 Cup Whipping Cream or other cream of choice
- 1 T. Sugar
- 2-3 drops Vanilla flavoring
- In a separate bowl, mix cream, sugar and vanilla. Slowly add snow to desired consistency. Eat and enjoy!

All ingredients can be adjusted to suit your particular preferences. You might want to try some other flavorings: cinnamon, butterscotch, almond, or eggnog mix.

Gary Clark

This was a favorite made by my grandmother in my childhood:

Beat 2 eggs* and 1 cup sugar. Add 1-1/2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add snow until thick.

Lois Cullifer

Not sure where to send this but yes we know what "snow cream" is! My 11 and 6 year old are begging me to go out and get the snow before the rain starts. As for recipes...

As a child we put the snow in a big bowl, we add milk, sugar, vanilla and 1 egg.* All of the 1st to taste. Mom always said the snow was cold enough to cook the egg (lol). These days I leave out the egg but my children still love it. We were not allowed to eat the 1st snow because grandma said it cleaned out the dirty stuff in the air. Enjoy!

The Johnson Family

Willow Springs

The easiest way to make it is to collect fresh white and add sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Then put it in the freeze until firm. It is delicious. You can then add your favorite toppings and syrup. Remember it is very sweet so eat slowly or else you will get a bad case of brain freeze.


Ruth Revelle

Snow cream is very easy to make and very good. Most people don't have a REAL recipe -- it is just to taste. Use milk -- fat content doesn't matter taste wise. It doesn't keep well, so only make what you think you will use in a short time. Put milk in large bowl, sweeten with sugar and add vanilla to taste - should be a little sweet b/c the snow will dilute it. Mix well - sugar needs to be disolved as it will not do so once the snow chills the milk. Add snow (yes, it should be white and free of debris - no pine needles!) until all the milk is absorbed. When I was growing up, most people hadn't heard of sweetened condensed milk much less have it in their cupboards. Enjoy!


I am originally from "the big city of Raeford, NC". We made snow cream by using fresh snow (of course), sugar, vanilla extract and MILK. In our older years, my mom said that "southerners" would make this great concoction especially becuase of the vanilla extract which contains alcohol. "Older folks" used to say the vanilla (with its alcohol content) would help us kids sleep and calm down from the over-excitement of the simple fact that we had snow at all..which was rare.


Funny you should mention the snow cream. My kids and I had just made some. It was very easy and they were thrilled. I had told them this morning they could, but "No dirty snow!" so they put out a bunch of bowls to catch the snow as it was falling.

But we took 8 cups of snow, added 1 cup of sugar, then 2 Tablespoons of vanilla. You add 1 cup of milk LAST because it starts the snow melting. We stirred it up and they both sat down with their bowls of snowcream and a glass of hot cocoa to watch cartoons and dry out from their morning of playing in the snow.

I'm a NH girl originally, but they've grown up in FL, NC, and OK and haven't had much luck with having snow to play in. I'm glad we had a snowday today so they could really enjoy it while it lasts. :)


1 bowl full of mother nature Snow, a couple of tablespoons of vanilla flavoring, add sugar for flavoring, and a little milk. Also add some food coloring to brighten up our cold winter weather.

Megan Sanes

1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
scant 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
approximately 3 quarts snow

Allow snow to collect in a large clean bowl during the snow storm; otherwise, you will need to brush the top layer off of the clean snow and use a cup to dip out the clean center. Caution: do not dip deep enough to pick up dirt from the ground or off of old boards or buildings.

The amount of snow needed depends upon how wet the snow is. Dry, fluffy snow makes the best snow cream. Do not use yellow snow.

Mix the milk, sugar, and vanilla with a spoon. Add the clean snow, a little at a time, until creamy and the consistency of a thick ice cream.

Make sure you keep tasting it so it tastes good. Too much snow and you will lose the flavor, especially sweetness. (You will then need to add more sugar, a little at a time, until the mixture reaches the desired sweetness).

Eat immediately.

Since the days of refrigeration, you may freeze the snow cream for one to two hours; however, it is not as good.

Sit by a warm fire and enjoy this seasonal treat!

Shirley Jones

1 can Eagle Brand Milk
1 tablespoon Vanilla
Add snow and stir well, add snow until the cream is thick as you like.

Sarah Hagwood

1 can Eagle Brand Milk
1 tablespoon Vanilla
Add snow and stir well, add snow until the cream is thick as you like.


Just add a little milk, sugar and vanilla flavoring to a big bowl of snow. That is all you need.

Jennifer Bailes

This recipe is over 50 years old that belonged to my grandmother.

You will need a very large bowl of snow.

In a separate bowl mix the following:

1 quart of reg.milk.
1 can of evaporated milk.
1 cup of sugar.
1 well beaten egg(beat until foamy).
1 tablespoon of vanilla flavoring.

Pour this slowly over your snow until you get it to the desired consistency. This is better than ice cream, I guarantee it!

Joan Daly


Easy Chocolate Snow cream

Hershey's chocolate syrup

mix to a very strong chocolate taste. add snow scoop at a time and blend in until you get a stiff consistancy. Add more milk & chocolate syrup mixture if needed to get the right consistancy.

Brenda Yarborough

Here's a really easy snow cream recipe....heat maple syrup, and pour over clean snow in a bowl, stir. Enjoy!

My mom is a Vermonter, so *only* real Vermont Maple syrup would do for true snow cream!


I use no cook vanilla pudding mix. Add milk and stir until pudding dissolves. Now wasn't that easy. Can use any flavor of pudding mix.


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