Betsy and I were chatting one day while we looked out on a blizzard and she mentioned that when she was young her Mom used to make ice cream out of snow, Snow Cream! Strangely enough, my Mom used to make the same thing!

So I figured I would mix up a batch of Snow Cream for dessert. This is a super-easy activity to do with kids and it’s easy to add a shot of bourbon to make it “adult” friendly as well!

These are really great and can be made with all kinds of different flavors. This version of Snow Cream is a plain vanilla base with cinnamon!

Snow Shakes

3.34 from 21 votes
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Quick and simple “snow cream” that tastes like ice cream but made with fresh snow!


  • 2 Cups milk, I like 2%
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • Lots of snow
  • Bourbon, optional


  • Stir together ingredients except snow. Feel free to add any other flavors that suit your needs.
  • Stir milk into mixture slowly into a big bowl of fresh snow (at least 4-5 cups). It should form a rough slush. You might need more snow.
  • Serve immediately!


Serving: 1Shake | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 370mg | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 0.03mg
Course: Desserts, Drinks
Cuisine: American

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How to Make Snow Cream

First you want to make your snow cream base so add your sugar to milk and stir it well until it is all dissolved. You could, of course, add more sugar if you want but it can get pretty sweet pretty fast so I would recommend starting with this.

Then add your vanilla. I thought about adding lemon extract or chocolate, and I think those would work just fine, but at the end of the day vanilla was my preferred flavor.

You can add your bourbon to this base or you can add it per serving. Your choice!

Base for snow cream.
Making the base

You needs LOTS of clean snow to make Snow Cream so make it right after a fresh snow fall.

Snow for Snow Cream
Fresh snow!

Then slowly add your milk base to your snow until it turns to a slush with the consistency of a milk shake. For me this was about 4 cups of snow to 2/3 cup of milk base.

Stir it together with a fork or whisk, pour it in a glass and go to town. I also sprinkled some cinnamon on mine for some garnish.

Bourbon Snow Cream

One shot of bourbon along with 1/2 Cup of milk base and you are all set. It’s a night cap and a dessert all wrapped together in one.

A sprinkle of cinnamon is still a good idea!

Snow Cream

These snow cream bowls are really great even if it is cold outside (the whiskey helps warm the soul).

These are a great little snack, especially if you have kids. Although obviously don’t serve them the bourbon version!

How to make Snow Cream

Here are a few other recipes to use up that extra shot of bourbon: