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Snow Shakes

Betsy and I were chatting yesterday while we looked out on a blizzard and she mentioned that when she was young her Mom used to make snow shakes. Strangely enough, my Mom used to make the same thing. So I figured I would mix up a batch for dessert.

Just a spoon full of... snow.

Just a spoon full of… snow.

These are really great and can be made with all kinds of different flavors. I made just plain ones with vanilla.

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  • 2 Cups milk (I like 2%)
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • Lots of snow
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1) Stir together ingredients except snow. Feel free to add any other flavors that suit your needs.

2) Stir milk into mixture slowly into a big bowl of fresh snow (at least 4-5 cups). It should form a rough slush. You might need more snow.

3) Serve immediately!

First you want to make your base so add your sugar to milk and stir it well until it is all dissolved. You could, of course, add more sugar if you want but it can get pretty sweet pretty fast so I would recommend starting with this.

Sugar in milk.

Sugar in milk.

Then add your vanilla. I thought about adding lemon extract or chocolate, and I think those would work just fine, but at the end of the day vanilla was my preferred flavor.

A little goes a long way.

A little goes a long way.

Then slowly add your milk base to your snow until it turns to a slush with the consistency of a milk shake. For me this was about 4 cups of snow to 2/3 cup of milk base.

Kind of like ice cream except easier. Much easier.

Kind of like ice cream except easier. Much easier.

Stir it together with a fork or whisk, pour it in a glass and go to town. I also sprinkled some cinnamon on mine for some garnish.

Ok. I lied to you. I didn’t just make them with vanilla. I also made one with this:

The adult variety.

The adult variety.

One shot of this stuff along with 1/2 Cup of milk base and you are all set. It’s a night cap and a dessert all wrapped together in one.

A shot. Or two.

A shot. Or two.

No garnish needed for this one. The garnish is on the inside.

Looks innocent enough.

Looks innocent enough.

These are really great even if it is cold outside (the whiskey helps warm the soul). The hardest part about this was finding some fresh snow that looked edible in DC at 6PM. I eventually found a good little patch next to our house that looked pristine and beautiful.

These are a great little snack, especially if you have kids. Although obviously don’t serve them the Knob Creek version.

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12 comments on “Snow Shakes

  1. A couple of thoughts. First of all, they look like delicious little shakes, especially with your added.. um.. spirit! Second, as a teacher, I always taught my students that snow was full of dirt… even the pristine stuff… as it collects particles of dust in the atmosphere as it falls. That being said, I grew up eating loads of snow and I'm still here to talk about it- healthy and all. So I'm thinking snow shakes are 'safe' to make LOL!

  2. I've never thought of making something out of snow, but this looks really good Nick. Yes we got a ton of snow, so great opportunity to make these Snow Shakes!

  3. I'm not a big fan of the cold, which means this recipe suits me perfectly as it is probably best consumed in the heat. :)

    I love the grown-up version of slushy snow-coney goodness! Thanks for the idea.

  4. Delicious! Me and my best friend are having a blast making and tasting this! I remember my aunt making me these as a kid and finally remembered to find a recipe for it.

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