I’m so sick of this snow but I have to admit that there’s something very magical about if from a kids point of view, especially at this time of year. They never seem to tire of playing in it and I’ve never made so much hot chocolate in my life!
Seeing as we’re stuck in the house today, we decided to have a Snow day and do lots of snow related things (I know, we live a very exciting life don’t we?). We started the day snuggled up on the settee with our quilts watching Snow Buddies which is actually quite good for a film starring five talking dogs and then, after a quick Google for other snow activities, we moved on to making Snow Ice Cream which I thought was a bit of a wind up at first.
First you need to send a willing helper in the garden with a bowl to gather snow. This needs to be a willing helper who understands that you are going to eat this snow so you need the clean stuff and not the stuff scraped off the top of the wheelie bin which is what I got when I sent Master Frugal out the first time. Luckily, the second attempt by his slightly more sensible sister resulted in a big mixing bowl filled with soft, fluffy and clean snow – perfect for what we needed.
When you have your mixing bowl filled with snow, pop it in the freezer while you prepare the rest of your ingredients although it’s pretty simple so it won’t take long at all. You’ll notice that I don’t give an exact measurement for the snow here – we just filled a good sized mixing bowl and even then we ended up going back out to get some more to top it up.
You then need to mix 1 cup of milk, 1/2 a cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence together in a large bowl and gradually add the snow to the milky mix and mix it together until it resembles ice cream and there you have it – Snow flavoured ice cream.
Ours was a bit watery at first but we soon fixed that with an emergency trip to the back garden for some more snow and a quick five minutes in the freezer 😉
I’m surprised by how nice it tasted and how easy it was to make and the kids are loving the thought that they were eating snow.
It’s just a shame that we can only make one of the most frugal and delicious deserts we’ve ever made once in a blue moon when we get snow!
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