Try this: cook with snow!

Did you know that you can cook with snow? We'll show you how to make snow ice cream as well as "sugar on snow", a classic Canadian winter recipe.

When the weather outside is frightful, make some delicious ice cream! Snow ice cream is super easy to make - and we think it tastes just like vanilla ice cream. For this recipe, you’ll need: 

  • 1 can of condensed milk 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavouring
  • 8-12 cups of new fallen snow (or, if you have a large bowl, set it out to catch some falling snow!)

Invite your kid to scoop some snow into a bowl. Then just add your vanilla and condensed milk and mix! It’s that easy.  You can find a good detailed explanation of how to estimate how much to add here - but we promise that snow ice cream is very forgiving. You’ll know it’s ready when you see your mixture thicken up. Enjoy in a bowl or on a cone, and put any leftovers into a freezer-safe container for another day.

“Sugar on snow” is also known as maple syrup taffy, and it’s also a recipe you can make with using snow! Boil ¼ cup of maple syrup until it reaches 235 degrees Farenheit on a candy thermometer. Then, carefully pour your candy onto a tray of packed, clean snow. The snow stops the maple syrup from cooking and turns it into candy. Use a popsicle stick to carefully roll up your candy and enjoy. (And if you're looking for more maple recipes, check out our post on maple syrup!)

For more wintery activities, check out our pocket guide to enjoying winter - it’s jam packed with winter activities including cosy recipes and star gazing picnics! For more family fun and ideas, join us on Facebook or Instagram

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