We All Scream for Snow Cream


Woke up this morning to 3 inches of lovely snow on the ground. An old friend posted about his first experience of snow cream on Facebook last week, but I didn’t think we’d have a chance to have it this year in Southern California.  There’s no real recipe.  You make it to taste.

Chill the bowl in the snow for a minute.


Fill it with snow! You can use a spoon or your hand.  Choose really clean snow, okay?


Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over it, to taste.  It’s okay to keep the tin or bottle nearby to add more as needed.  It’s best when it starts to melt.

I had mine with coffee.  Mmmm!

We used to make it when I was a kid.  Sometimes we used maple syrup in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the sugar bush.

I don’t know the last time I had sweetened condensed milk in the house, but they started carrying it at Trader Joe’s around Christmas and I picked it up thinking I’d use it.  Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest, because the snow won’t last long, even up here at 3100 feet.


Hydra shoveled the back yard so the birds could find the seed he tossed for them.  Also, shown here, the driveway.  Just because!


I took pictures and made a snowman!


Oregon junco in the apricot tree.  They are so shy!


Later that same day, when the sun came out, so did we.

3 thoughts on “We All Scream for Snow Cream

  1. seabluelee says:

    Was it only 3 inches? And almost gone already. Don’t tell my friends back in Maine! I’ve never made snow cream, though I well remember the maple syrup snow in Little House In the Big Woods. Maybe next year.

  2. Sundry says:

    If you have some sweetened condensed milk on hand, it’s worth it. Yeah, my friends in Indiana (where I grew up) had a foot of snow this past week. I love how it melts at our house and sticks to the mountains across the valley.

  3. […] went looking online for a way to use up the sweetened condensed milk that I opened to make snow cream, and discovered  an ingeniously evil recipe called Clean Your Pantry Cookie Bars.  Warning: I […]

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