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Snow Cream

December 9, 2018

So you may live up north where it snows a lot every year.  But for those of us who live in the south, we rarely see the white powdery stuff.  As a native of Chicago, I know that the first snow is pretty but that snow hangs around for a long cold time.  It does not stay white and pristine for long before sand and salt is thrown all over it to keep roads and sidewalks safe.  Then there is the yellow snow … we all know to steer clear of that.

But in the south it is magical.  We run outside in our rain boots and jackets.  If you are lucky you may have snow gloves or hats.  The kids are in awe.  Snowball fights with siblings and snow angels.  But every southerner knows, that the first fallen snow makes the best snow cream.  It is a southern tradition.  I lived up north for 30 years and never did I ever make it nor had I ever heard of it.  It is now one of my favorite traditions.

Snow Cream for Breakfast!

For those of you out in the Hawaiian Islands – Snow Cream is similar to your Shaved Ice.

So the recipe is easy.  I will give a few tips however.

  • Use the powdery fresh snow.  The light stuff
  • Make it immediately
  • It does not keep or freeze well so you will need to eat it right away.
  • It makes a lot so invite friends!
  • Kahlua mamas – use it
  • ENJOY!
  • Pray for snow

Snow Cream

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

Yields 8-10 servings


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  • 8 cups snow (or shaved ice)
  • 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: sprinkles for kids
  • Optional: Kahlua for adults


  1. Place fresh snow into large bowl
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk over
  3. Add vanilla
  4. Mix to combine (do not overmix or it may melt)
  5. Serve immediately
  6. Add sprinkles for the kids
  7. Add Kahlua for an adult snow cream version


Eat immediately Does not store/freeze well



1132 cal


245 g


31 g
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