Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow Ice Cream

Last March 28 we got a bunch of snow. Whenever that happens it can only mean one thing at our house - Snow Ice Cream.

First you get a willing grandson to go outside and gather a big old bowl of the white stuff

making sure to stay away from the yellow-colored snow.

Only a few more ingredients and you're all set. The recipe that I've used for more years than I can count came from one of the local weathermen, Don Woods, who has since retired.

I've got to give you a little background on Mr Woods. He was Oklahoma's first weatherman with a degree in meteorology. He started at KTUL in 1954. He's even listed here in Wikipedia. Listen to Mr Woods talk about his early days as a weatherman and his little pal Gusty on YouTube here. Gusty is a cartoon character that Don drew and even Gusty has his own website. Back in the day you could send your name into the t.v. station and if you were lucky, your name would be drawn and your prize would be that day's Gusty. Unfortunately I was never one of the lucky ones.

But back to making snow ice cream. Mr Woods' original recipe is at the end of this post. I was out of Milnot (evaporated milk) that day last March so I substituted half-and-half. Although I've added the egg called for in the recipe more times than not, for whatever reason I didn't that day. Some people might frown on the raw egg anyway so it's just as well.

Basically just stir up the snow, evaporated milk (or half-and-half), powdered sugar and vanilla and enjoy this wonderful wintertime treat. It melts pretty quickly so you need to do your enjoying fast.

But not too fast or you'll get a brain freeze!

Don Woods’ Snow Ice Cream

1 small can Milnot (evaporated milk)
dash of salt
1 egg, beaten (optional)
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 gallon clean snow

Mix all together and enjoy.

Now if it will just snow!

Do you make snow ice cream when the white stuff comes your way? If so, what's in your recipe?


  1. We used to make it with canned milk, sugar and lots of vanilla extract. We'd scrape the snow off our picnic table because we thought it was "cleaner"! Ha!

  2. I remember eating snow cream once when I was a child. My beloved gramma made it for us one snowy day. I don't remember what she put in it but I remember it being magical!

  3. We did this when I was a kid. It was fun!

  4. I have never made or eaten snow cream. But if we get snow this year, I plan to try it. Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. You are funny!!! I love the dog picture!
    :) Yes we always made snow ice cream as a kid...and added choc syrup!
    I wanted to tell you. I had been thinking about the gum drop tree...I remember now! My Aunt Grace had one but she didnt put gum drops on it, instead she hung the little school pictures of all us kids on there and called it the monkey tree! Your blog post made me remember that ....thank you!

  6. Came over to visit from seeing your comment, and name, on Sharon's blog. I live in Coweta, OK so we are fellow Okies!!! Oh, we all remember and love Don Woods & Gusty.

  7. thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. I remember my grandma and my MIL make snow ice cream but I have never done it.
    thanks for the recipe and I will try it when we get our snow this week.
    Have a Merry Christmas.

  8. I am going to have to try this one.

  9. Blessings to you and your family

    Have a wonderful Holiday.

    Merry Christmas

    (¸.•´ (¸.+´??¸.+´
    (¸.•´ (¸.+´? Heidi ?)

  10. Never heard of anything like this -- except maybe a snow cone.
    I love the picture of the dog with the warning to stay away from yellow snow.
    I suppose they're not chocolate chips in the snow ice cream either -- that
    twicky wabbit!

  11. Snow ice cream = wonderful childhood memories !

  12. Suzanne Hediger1/2/11 2:44 PM

    Mom always made me snow icecream, and it was wonderful..Today looks like a good day for it.

  13. I just made some with goat milk, powdered sugar,vanilla and love and it was good. Yes I omitted the egg and salt! I just went with what I had on hand and enjoyed it!