Jasper Lynn joins in the A to Z fun during April. Today our post celebrates the letter K.
Sorry, this one will be hard to make right now. April isn’t the best time to find fresh snow (unless you’re in Minnesota). But I needed a ‘K’ title for our K day, so we’re going with this one.
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K: Kind of Like Ice Cream
I scream, you scream, we all scream for…Ice cream!
Tinkling bells and music sound from streets away. We hear it and we all know that sound. The ice cream is on its way. We can track it’s path, listening to the music we recognize.
We rush inside and tell Mom or Dad. Can we have a dollar or two?
But what about in winter?
No ice cream trucks drive down the street then. There aren’t any tinkling bells to call us to the curb for treats.
But you can still enjoy a nice cold dish of ice cream.
Make it yourself. Out of snow.
It’s best to collect after a fresh snowfall. Make sure it’s clean snow, free of trash and debris. Scrape the top part of the snow off. Don’t scrape down to the ground. You don’t want any dirt, leaves, twigs or pebbles in your homemade fun.
Some people think it works best if there’s at least four to six inches of snow. But if you live somewhere where there’s not that much snow – never fear. Make it, anyway. Just be careful as you’re collecting this sparkly white ingredient from nature.
Here’s a few recipes to get you started. Now, you’ll just need to wait on the fresh snowfall. That ingredient you can’t special order from the store.
Vanilla Snow Ice Cream
1 cup milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
8 cups of clean snow
Whisk together the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. A plastic bowl works best. It stays colder.
Put the bowl with the mixed ingredients in the refrigerator to chill while you gather the snow.
Gather about 8 cups of fresh, clean snow. Immediately mix into the milk mixture.
Add any toppings, sprinkles or fruit if you wish.
The mixture should be fluffy and not runny.
Surprisingly, not all snow is alike. Some snows are wetter, while others are drier. A wet snow won’t need as much milk. It may be too runny. If it’s too runny, get another cup or two of snow. A drier snow may need an extra splash of milk.
You want the mixed ice cream to be the consistency of a thick cream of wheat.
When you’re done, place a lid over the ice cream and freeze for an hour.
The final step is the most fun. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Chocolate Peppermint Snow Ice Cream.
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
8 cups of clean, fresh snow
Mix the ingredients like in the Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.
It’s fun to crush up a candy cane or some peppermints and add to the ice cream.
Try both recipes. The snow ice cream recipes that use condensed milk tend to be creamier in consistency.
For extra fun, add a little chopped or pureed fruit after you’ve mixed the snow and milk mixture. The vanilla recipe is tasty with peaches, raspberries or strawberries. The chocolate recipe tastes good with some mushed banana added.
If you want to add more excitement to the vanilla ice cream snow, add a few drops of red, green or blue food coloring. Just don’t use yellow on this one. Because, after all, no one wants to eat yellow snow – even if it’s in a special ice cream that you made yourself.