Snow Ice Cream
by Michael R Dougherty
Mom put on her winter boots and her coat, and with a bowl and cup in her hands she headed outside into our yard covered with freshly fallen snow.
Mom returned with a bowl full of the fresh snow and headed for the kitchen.
I was just a small boy and wondered why mom was bringing a bowl of snow into the house. Were we going to have a mini snow ball fight in our living room?
When I asked her what she was doing with the snow, her answer amazed me. She told me she was going to make snow ice cream. What? Now I loved ice cream and suddenly my 6 year old mind was racing. You mean to tell me that all that snow that covers the ground can be made into ice cream?
In the winter in Alaska, kids walk in the snow, have snowball fights and when it's snowing, kids love to catch the falling snowflakes on their tongues. But when I discovered that my mom could actually turn freshly fallen snow into ice cream, I was excited and could hardly wait to taste snow ice cream.
As I stood there in the kitchen my mom started adding milk, sugar and vanilla. As a 6 year old food critic I had to stop my mom and ask "can you make chocolate snow ice cream?" Chocolate ice cream was my favorite. Her answer was something like "I don't know, but this batch will be vanilla."
Before I give you the recipe for Snow Ice Cream, here are a few things to keep in mind.
First and foremost, only use fresh snow. Don't go digging around in a snowbank somewhere. You don't want to eat that stuff.
Second, serve your snow ice cream right away, otherwise it will become a bowl of milky vanilla flavored slush.
Snow Ice Cream Recipe:
4 cups of fresh snow
1 cup of milk or cream
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Stir until mixed, then serve
You can add color by including things like berries, colored sprinkles or chocolate shavings.
And here's a fun saying I ran across as I was putting this story together:
"When life gives you snow, make snow ice cream"