Vanilla Snow Ice Cream Recipe
Part 1: Make the Custard
  1. All you need for this recipe is the custard and snow. For the custard, you’ll need the half & half, sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla extract.
  2. Slightly beat the eggs.
  3. In the top of a double boiler, pour the eggs, sugar and salt.
  4. As the water heats, mix the eggs, sugar and salt constantly to dissolve the sugar.
  5. Add the half & half cream.
  6. Mix all of the ingredients together and stir over boiling water.
  7. Continue cooking and stirring until the custard coats the back of your spoon, about 5 minutes. Then remove the custard from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Part 2: Add Snow
  1. As the custard cools, take your bucket or pail and a spoon and gather fresh, clean dry snow from the yard or snow drifts. TIP: If the snow has a top crust, scrape that off and gather the snow beneath the crust. The snow needs to be dry, not wet and slushy. On a warmer day try gathering snow from shady areas but stay clear of roadways. DO NOT use anything but clean white snow.
  2. With your cooled custard and pot of snow, you are now ready to make the ice cream.
  3. Pour the custard into the snow while mixing it in as you pour. If you’re doing this on your own, pour a little custard, mix…pour some more, mix some more…until the snow and custard are thoroughly mixed. Work quickly to keep the mixture cold.
  4. Depending on the size of your pot or pail, you may want to add more snow. Just gather more on top of the custard-snow mix in the pot, take it back in and mix the snow in. You will have a good idea of how much snow you want by the texture and flavor.
  5. When you’re happy with the ice cream you’ve created, immediately serve it and Enjoy!
  6. This recipe makes a lot of ice cream! It’s great for winter get-togethers and gatherings. If you find you have a lot more than your party can eat, you can put the rest in a freezer container. This will freeze incredibly hard so allow it to sit out until soft enough to scoop before serving.
Recipe Notes

I used a 5-quart pot for gathering and mixing the snow in this recipe. The first batch of snow I gathered was reduced to nearly half when I mixed the custard in. I added more snow to just about the top of the rim.

You can use any size pot or pail for this and add more snow as needed however, I recommend nothing smaller than a 3 or 4-quart pot.

You can speed up the cooling of the custard and shorten Total Time by setting the covered custard in the snow for about 10-15 minutes.

recipe image
Recipe Name
Snow Ice Cream Recipe
Please like & share: