Make this recipe for Hot Chocolate Snow Ice Cream when you can't decide between a mug of hot cocoa and a bowl of snow ice cream! You won't believe what I used instead of sweetened condensed milk to make this snow ice cream sweet, without melting right away!
You probably have the ingredients including marshmallows in your pantry and fridge.... and outside!
If you have snow in your hometown, try some of my Hot Cocoa Snow Ice Cream. You know what goes great with Hot Chocolate Snow Ice Cream? My Soft & Chewy Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies or Double Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls!
(This picture is of me during a rare Alabama snow in 2017.) I gathered a big bowl of snowy white snow. (Yellow snow is a "no go"!)
It was the perfect consistency-not too wet, not too powdery. It was also perfect for making snowballs!
If you have snow in your hometown today, try some Hot Chocolate Snow Ice Cream. You probably have the ingredients in your fridge or outside in your yard.
How to make snow cream with hot cocoa mix
For complete, detailed directions scroll down for the printable recipe.
When I stirred the hot cocoa mix (hot chocolate) in that great big bowl of white fluffy snowflakes, it dwindled to about half the amount.
Squeeze about three of these dollops of Reddi Wip real whipped cream into the bowl and stir gently to prevent deflating the snow.
I didn't want it to be slushy so I didn't add milk or cream or sweetened condensed milk. The Reddi Wip was perfect for making it scooping consistency. If you have Cool Whip, that would work, too.
Using an ice cream scoop, fill a mug and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Then, sprinkle with miniature marshmallows and top with another tiny dollop of Reddi Wip.
Gild the lily
To gild the lily, drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with mini marshmallows.
What's the shortcut?
- Using snow in the back yard means no trip to the store for the main ingredient!
- Hot cocoa mix with mini marshmallows
- 3 choices for the cream that won't melt the snow: Redi Wip, Cool Whip, Sweetened Whipped Cream. Use what you have.
What if I don't have hot cocoa mix?
For every one package of hot cocoa mix, combine 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder, and 2 teaspoons sugar.
If you don't have nonfat dry milk powder, no worries, just omit. You don't want to substitute milk because it will melt the snow. Just combine the cocoa powder and sugar together before folding into the snow.
Is fresh snow safe to eat?
Use only the pristine white fresh snow in undisturbed areas of your yard. Public spaces where dogs are walked may not be the best source of pure white snow.
Here's an article on what snow is safe to eat.
Just the warmth of our cozy home started melting the snow ice cream for the perfect winter treat to celebrate a rare snow day in Alabama!
No snowfall today? Pin for Later!
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Hot Chocolate Snow Ice Cream
- 10 cups pure white snow
- 2 packages hot cocoa mix
- 1/2 cup Redi Wip real whipped cream or Cool Whip or Sweetened Whipped Cream * (May need a little more depending on how powdery the snow
- Chocolate syrup, Mini Marshmallows (optional)
- Gather the snow in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle the cocoa mix over the snow. Add the Redi Wip, Cool Whip or sweetened whipped cream. Gently fold the cocoa mix and cream into the snow just until all ingredients are combined.
- Spoon or scoop snow ice cream into mugs and serve.
- To gild the lily, drizzle with chocolate syrup and miniature marshmallows.