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.
- Vanilla extract
- Whole milk (skim is okay, but the whole milk packs more flavor)
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.
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.
And remember, never eat yellow snow!