by Charlene DeLoach of CharleneChronicles.com
With the holidays long over and spring a long time away, parents and kids need some fun to break up the winter. So if you can’t jet away from the cold and snow, then dive into it with this fun recipe for Snow Cream.
What is Snow Cream? The origins of a snow-based dessert go back centuries to villages in Europe, and it is dessert in which you mix snow and a sweetened dairy-based liquid to make a simple ice cream substitute. Here is what you need.
For 4ish servings, you need 1/2 gallon of (clean) snow (about 8 cups), 1/2 cup of sugar (more or less to taste), 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla, and 1 cup of milk. Put it in a large bowl. Mix it together until creamy. You can add other flavors like peppermint oil or cocoa powder instead of (or in addition to) the vanilla, or you can add ingredients like M&Ms, crushed candy canes, or chocolate chips.
In addition to the fun of eating the snow cream, make the act of making it a fun adventure too. Have the kids get the snow and add the ingredients, which are safe for even the little ones to handle. Have the kids be creative with ingredients to see what unique flavor they can come up with. For older children, have them name their new snow cream flavor and sketch a logo or design for their snow cream. Give them a camera and have them take pictures of their creations to post on Facebook or to email to Grandma. Or have them video a ‘commericial’ for their new snow cream flavor! Just make sure to eat it or put it back in the freezer before melts!