What can you make with a big bowl of snow, a can of sweetened condensed milk and some vanilla? (Yes, there is a bag of sugar in that picture but, I don't know what I was thinking...I guess I forgot how sweet the sweetened condensed milk was until I opened it.)
Why, snow ice cream, of course! When I opened the cabinet to get out some little dessert bowls to serve it in, there were these two little bowls with snowflakes on them that I got several years ago and forgot I had, but they are exactly perfect for something made out of snow, don't you think?
Anyway, as I was mixing it up in the kitchen I was afraid the snow was going to melt so I took it out to the back porch and stirred and stirred and stirred...and it actually turned into something that looked an awful lot like ice cream! I was really amazed at how creamy it was. I think I was 11 years old the last time I made this. I used regular milk, and I remember it being a little runny. But not this stuff! I also thought about using powdered sugar, but I didn't need any sugar at all.
Plopped it into some bowls and took it out to the kids who were running around in the backyard. Yes, it looks like they are a little lightly clothed, but Claire had on a fleece blanket sleeper and a fleece pullover underneath her jeans and the orange hoodie. Ethan had on several layers, as well. (You have to remember that we are still new here, and not used to real winters!) But you can see how pink their cheeks were getting!
It was a huge hit and Ethan is coming up with recipes for making chocolate snow ice cream...he's just trying to decide if it would be better to use chocolate syrup or hot chocolate mix.