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Paula Deen’s Snow Ice Cream

Snow Ice Cream is the perfect treat for snow days when you are stuck inside. You can take a pan of clean snow and transform it into a delightful frozen treat. We’re sharing the basic recipe plus a few ideas to heat things up on a cold day!

Paula Deen's Snow Ice Cream

We did not have record snowfall like some other places did today. But we had enough snow to make some snow ice cream.

Just set a pan out and watch is collect snow all afternoon!

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After supper tonight, we made some snow ice cream using Paula Deen’s snow ice cream recipe that I found online the other week.

I was not sure how it would turn out, but it really was good.

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Snow Ice Cream

🔑 Key to Success #1 – Make Sure the Snow is Clean

Okay, this one is critical to your success.

The snow must be clean of all contaminants before you use it in your snow ice cream.

It’s best to place your large metal or plastic bowl on an elevated surface away from all drips and animal contaminants.

Ideally, you want your snow to touch nothing but the bowl on the way down.

This is not the time to go scooping up the fallen snow on the ground into a bowl.

You never know if am animal has been walking (or peeing) right where you are scooping.

You want to put your clean bowl outside and allow the fresh snow to fall into it.

And bonus points if the bowl is on an elevated surface to catch the snow.

Bowl of Snow Ice Cream

🔑 Key to Success #2 – Refrigerate Your Sweetened Condensed Milk

To keep your snow from melting so fast, it’s important to refrigerate your can of sweetened condensed milk for a couple of hours or more before adding it to the bowl of snow.

Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk over the pan of snow then add the vanilla extract.

Stir the ice cream well with a spoon or a spatula until the ice cream is fully combined and creamy.

If the snow is dry and fluffy, you may need to add in some milk or cream to reach a creamy consistency.

You can also use a hand mixer to combine the sweetened condensed milk with the snow.

snow ice cream recipe

🔑 Key to Success #3 – Flavor the Ice Cream Up

While the vanilla ice cream is perfectly delicious all on its own, you can certainly dress it up with different flavors.

Try adding some Hershey’s syrup to your snow ice cream.

You could also stir in some cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez.

Coco Lopez is often used in coconut-flavored drinks, but it is perfect in frozen treats as well.

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Paula Deen Snow Ice Cream
Snow Ice Cream

Paula Deen's Snow Ice Cream

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This simple recipe is one of those winter treats that you have to try at least once in your life. You can add mix-ins and make it all your own.


  • 1 pan clean snow
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk or heavy cream for consistency


  1. Stir sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract into the pan of snow until creamy. (You can use a hand mixer if desired.)
  2. If the snow is too dry, you can add milk or cream until a creamy consistency is reached.


Sir in chocolate syrup or cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez, if desired.

Adapted from Paula Deen Cookbook

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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Friday 11th of February 2011

We had snow ice cream tonight too! We put in sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and vanilla. Very tasty! I'm kind of getting tired of snow ice cream and snow cones though but with so much snow, you've got to do something with it!

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