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Snow Day Fun: Make Ice Cream Using Science and Snow

Snow Day Fun: Make Ice Cream Using Science and Snow

When your kids start shoveling snow, eat some, and say “Snow is yummy,” it is time to make ice cream using snow! 

When I said I made an ice cream with snow, a lot of people misunderstood and thought that we just poured condensed milk or chocolate syrup on snow. Nope! Making Snow Cream takes a little more work than that (but honestly, not much!)

Don’t worry. We didn’t eat the snow itself, but used the science to make ice cream from snow. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes, and is fun for the whole family. A word of caution: once you do this, be ready to do it over (and over) again. Whenever your child sees snow now they may say, “Let’s make ice cream!”

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Half-and-half
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • Hint of vanilla extract

Supplies

  • Big bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Whipper
  • Four cups of snow
  • Half cup of Ice Melt salt

Directions

  • Mix half and half and sugar until the sugar is totally dissolved.
  • Put the sweet half and half in a small bowl.
  • Put snow and ice melt salt in a big bowl and roughly blend. Note: Do note mix the salt/snow mixture with actual food. The ingredients in the small bowl is for human consumption; the big bowl is for the chemical reaction needed to make your ingredients into ice cream. 
  • Place the small bowl inside the big bowl and mix the half and half for 5 minutes.

That’s it! If you want to know the science behind this, check out this website.

I am looking forward to try different recipes with my kinds, like adding cocoa powder to the basic recipe above. I will also want to use coconuts milk instead of cow milk.

There is another sweet that you can make on a very cold day: Homemade Popsicle!

We poured banana and strawberry smoothie (I added some green and carrot too) into a silicon mold, and just left it outside for 5 hours at crazy minus two degrees. If you have a Popsicle mold, that would be even better. If you don’t have neither, you can pour a plastic freezer bag! 

Your kids might try more experimental recipes. For example, mix several different kinds of juice, color in their favorite colors, add a mixture of spices or even their favorite snacks. 

Recipes

Kids want to play outside even these crazy cold days, but I sometimes don’t have an energy to go out with them. This is a perfect way that we can play with snow but inside (but not by the stove)!

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