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Tara Lynn's Southern Snowcream Recipe

Posted January 28, 2022 11:12 a.m. EST

Tara Lynn shares her Southern Snowcream Recipe

— I always loved making "snowcream" with my mom as a child. It was one of the main things I was looking forward to doing with my kids as a parent when it snowed. It's not an exact science though, as it all depends on the texture of the snow.

My main advice for good clean snowcream is to set a bowl or two outside to collect fresh snow. That will be especially important this weekend since the Triangle is expecting an inch or less of snow. You don't want to have to go scooping too close to the ground or surface (especially if you have dogs and lots of wildlife around your yard). You could also set out two large sheet pans on your porch or deck. When we have a few inches of snow, it's much easier to scrape off the top layer and have plenty to use.

Ingredients:

  • Snow!
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whole milk (skim is okay, but the whole milk packs more flavor)
  • Sugar

The key is to start with your bowl of snow and add each ingredient a little at a time. In general, a medium/large mixing bowl may require one teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of sugar, and about 3/4 cups of milk.

Tara Lynn shares her Southern Snowcream Recipe

Here is our bowl of snow from last weekend. It was a very dry, powdery snow so it took more milk than I expected. In general, if it's harder to make a snowball with, you will need more milk. If you have moist snow that makes those perfect snowballs, you won't need quite as much milk.

The other key factor is to remember that it will melt quicker than ice cream so you want to add the milk in small quantities to find the right consistency.

Normally, that would be it. Mix and enjoy. But last weekend we kicked things up a notch and let the kids add some chocolate syrup and mini M&Ms.

Tara Lynn shares her Southern Snowcream Recipe

Adult option: swap half of the milk for Bailey's Irish Cream and/or use Kahlúa in place of the vanilla extract.

Extra light option: use Splenda instead of real sugar

And remember, never eat yellow snow!


Tara Lynn is a former WRAL reporter and anchor. She lends her 15-plus years in journalism to tell visual stories through love-filled photography for families of all kinds. The mother of three little humans and one senior rescue dog believes in celebrating magic in the little things, the big loves, and the imperfect moments that make the most remarkable memories. Her vision is to help families celebrate and share their love through photography and curated album artwork that become timeless keepsakes connecting multiple generations...because moments often pass in the blink of an eye, and the photographs we take connect us to our memories and our great loves, forever.

You can find Tara Lynn on Instagram at @TaraLynn_andCo and TaraLynnAndCo.com. Learn more about her photography at TaraLynnAndCoPhoto.com.