Old Fashioned Snow Cream

Old Fashioned Snow CreamThere’s no more wonderful a seasonal treat than old fashioned snow cream (and oddly enough, it seems to be a Southern thing). A wonderful winter treat that your kids will look forward to every year. There are different ways you can make it. If you want it to be richer, you can use half a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk instead of regular milk or cream.

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Old Fashioned Snow Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
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There's no more wonderful a seasonal treat than old fashioned snow cream. A wonderful winter treat that your kids will look forward to every year.
  • 4 cups fresh snow
  • 1 cup cream or milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Place snow into a large bowl.
  2. Pour milk over the snow and add vanilla.
  3. Mix to combine.
  4. Serve immediately in bowls.
  5. NOTE: In place of sugar and milk, you can substitute ½ cup of sweetened condensed milk.

Old Fashioned Snow Cream

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Peggy Chaney was best known as cook and co-owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina (which she and her sister, Loretta, ran for over two decades). You can find her pages on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. One of eleven siblings, she was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and was well remembered for her kind spirit and regard for others. Her genuine warmth and grace is sorely missed.

25 Responses to Old Fashioned Snow Cream

  1. Emily March 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    I made this with my brothers and sisters and we all lived it

  2. Suzanne Van Wagenen March 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    Here we are in the middle of a blizzard, with snow halfway up our sliding doors, eating chicken soup to keep warm. That’s when I happened upon Mama Peggy’s snow icecream recipe. My husband thought I’d lost it, but he did go out and harvest 4 cups of beautiful, white snow. I made the ice cream with heavy cream. My husband loved it – he said he wouldn’t mind having it again – straight up – vanilla. I put nuts and maple syrup on mine. It was a wonderful ending for our dinner. Thank you so much. Tomorrow I might make another batch – Lord knows we have enough snow 🙂

  3. Sharon March 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    When do you add the sugar? It doesn’t tell you in the receipt

  4. Caroline Johnson March 12, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    I love this but it has WAYYYY to much sugar. When I was finished I had a thick layer of literally just sugar at the bottom. It was also really grainy and the fluffy snow didn’t feel as good in my mouth.

  5. Rachele L Uptegrow January 8, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Quick easy and tastey

    • Eleanor February 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

      �👍mama Peggy my mother also made it this way I googled it i couldn’t remember the ingredients Thanks😇

      • Skyclimber February 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

        Wow… Same here…
        When my folks would take me to Big Bear in Southern CA, back in the ’50’s, we’d stop by the side of the road and mom would fill cups with snow and add the other ingredients to make Snow Shakes… I needed to make sure I remembered it correctly, too… 😉

        • Skyclimber February 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

          By the way… If you make this at home in a warm house, it helps if you chill the bowl for a few minutes before you gather the snow…

  6. shelby January 7, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    if you wanted chocolate snow cream you could make it the same but instead of vanilla you could use hot chocolate

    • shelby January 7, 2017 at 10:30 am #

      make sure the hot chocolate is cold chocolate so let it cool

  7. Kay More January 7, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    What a wonderful soul she must have been and I know you miss her. May your many special memories make her seem ever close.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ High Point NC

  8. Jean Cantrell January 7, 2017 at 4:51 am #

    Been making this for 50 years. Soft powdery snow is best. Sleet gives it a crystally texture that I don’t like. I have tried different flavors but like vanilla best. I use evaporated milk to do the snow cream.

  9. Patsy Hester January 7, 2017 at 1:10 am #

    I remember this before I do ice cream !! we lived in the country and this was a GREAT treat !!
    I still have it every time it snows. which is not often here in Eastern N C !! Hope I can get enough snow tomorrow to make some !! wonderful childhood memory !!!

  10. Barbara January 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

    When we were growing up mama always made snow cream . She would get upset if the snow mixed with Sleet! The fluffy stuff was what she wanted. We would sit around our kerosene heater, eating snow cream and would end up with “brain freeze”. Great memories of mom doing that and sisters and a brother loving it and each other. I make it now, freeze it and my grandchildren have it when they come. That is, if I save them any!!!

  11. Wanda January 6, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    I have always loved snow cream. We also used chocolate milk to make it…Yum

  12. Al Hildreth January 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    Grandma used to make it every winter! I grew up in Yadkin county. Always used sweetened condensed milk. Grandma’s been gone 18 years ago, but this brings back good memories!

  13. Keena Orr December 15, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    my daughter and I made and she absolutely loved it… thanks 💖

  14. Carol December 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    I Love Snow Cream Alot

  15. Karla hensley December 11, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    We made this when i was a kid in Arkansas..my granma was a genius un the kitchen and always had treats we’d make only with her..good times good memories just turned 51😎

  16. penolpe January 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    cool beans.it snowing where we live

  17. joyce nesbit February 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    I have been making this since i was a little girl. My 21 year granddaughter is still aking it when it snows. So unique and entertaining! Enjoy!!

  18. Deana Manning January 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    The recipe, for snow cream was delicious. I really enjoyed it Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Kevin January 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      I’m glad you liked it, Deana. We didn’t see a lot of snow when I was growing up in North Carolina, so when we did get snow, Mama’s snow cream was definitely a treat.

      • Patsy Hester January 7, 2017 at 1:07 am #

        I am 86 and I have been eating it ever since I can remember !! thats a long time a go !!

  19. Deana Manning January 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Thank you, for sharing Mama Peggy’s snow cream recipe. She sure sounds like a very special lady. I will let you know how my snow cream turns out. God bless you and your family. This is a special way to keep her memory alive. Take care from Winterville, North Carolina.

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