We finally were blessed with enough snow this past weekend that actually stuck to the ground and was more than just ice. Mareena was so pumped to see actual snow, “just like at drammy’s house!” There was no way we were going to pass up this perfect snow, besides just playing in it. Perfect snow is meant for yummy, ice cold snow cream!
Growing up in southern North Carolina, we didn’t often get snow but when we did what I remembered most, other than running around after 10 minutes, crying that my hands hurt, is eating snow cream with my siblings and grandmother. Whenever it did happen to snow, my grand would always send us outside to collect fresh, powdery snow before allowing us to tramp all over it and use it as weapons of mass destruction in our snow wars.
We would all take out a big kitchen bowl and pile in as much fresh snow as possible, then take it back to grandma. She’d work her magic, turning the fluffy, white stuff into a cool, sweet treat for all of us kids to enjoy after we had been running, tussling, and working up a sweat outside in our snow wars.
I never actually saw my grand make it, but all I needed to know back then was that it tasted good! Now that I’m a little older I wish I knew her recipe, because it was the first thing that popped into my head when we saw those fluffy white flakes finally start to fall.
Fortunately, the internet is an amazing sea of information and I was able to Google several recipes and come up with my own variation/mash up of a couple different recipes that worked great for what I had on hand. I’ve added the recipe below.
6 cups of fresh clean snow
1 cup of Coconut milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
½ cup of sugar
1 ½ cup of fresh strawberry puree
First things first, go collect your SNOW!
1. Start by pureeing fresh strawberries until they have a nice syrupy consistency.
2. Combine the vanilla, milk, sugar, strawberry puree, and snow together in a blender or food processor. Pulse until well mixed.
3. If the mixture has become a little too slushy, just add in a bit more snow.
4. Transfer to bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Sprinkles for Mareena of course!
We had quite a bit left over for only the three of us so I decided to experiment and see how some ice pops would turn out using the leftovers. The next day they were a hit all over again.
Do you have a fond childhood memory of snowy fun or activities? I’d love to hear about them and even try some out the next time we get snow.