Here’s how to make ice cream out of ice

Have you heard about making ice cream out of ice? Ice cream is an easy recipe to make and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

Well, everything but snow.

A word of caution before you begin. You’ll want to make sure you’re collecting fresh snow, usually right after it’s fallen from the sky. Make sure it’s bright white – if it’s colored in any way, it’s contaminated with dirt, animals, or something else.


Remember, too, that you will have to work quickly because you never know how long the main ingredient will be available before it melts.

Here are three variations of ice cream recipes to get you started.

If you want to get creative with your snowy snack, try adding sprinkles, maple syrup, and even things like eggs.

William Rattkai, 4, eats ice cream on snow during the Hunter Ice Festival on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in downtown Niles.

Simple ice cream with evaporated milk

Makes 3 to 4 servings

  • 1 can of evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A bowl of ice (about 1/2 gallon)

In a small bowl, mix together milk, sugar, and vanilla until well combined.

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In a large bowl, add about 8-10 cups of ice. Pour the milk mixture over the top and stir until well combined. Its texture will be close to that of homemade ice cream (thinner than store-bought ice cream but still has some structure when dried).

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