I gotta admit: For the most part, I’m pretty darn happy that it doesn’t snow much here in the South. In fact yesterday, I was driving around town with the sun roof open. It was nearly 60 degrees, only five days out from Christmas. I never put away my flip flops for a whole season and I don’t own anything much warmer than a light jacket.
But, there are the few odd days, that I’d do just about anything for a snow day. To cuddle up with my babies on the couch and watch a movie. To go make snow angels outside then come inside to make snow ice cream. Although, I’ve heard that you aren’t supposed to actually make snow ice cream with real snow. There’s that whole pee/fertilizer/acid rain thing going on.
Which lead me to think, I don’t really need actual snow for snow ice cream. And that’s when it dawned on me… Faux Snow Ice Cream. I’m not sure who’s more excited about this recent discovery… Me or the kids. Hmm.
Here’s how it’s done. Fill up a few gallon bowls with crushed ice and 6 tablespoons of salt, then mix.
In sandwich sized ziploc baggies (one per person) mix: 1/2 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your favorite ice cream flavor. Try a splash of chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, a sprinkling of crushed candy cane, or tablespoon of pumpkin pie filling.
Bury the sealed bags in the ice bath and wait about 20-30 minutes. Test the bags for consistency and when it feels like ice cream, rinse the bag (to avoid getting all that salt into your ice cream) and pour into an ice cream dish! Or eat it out of the bag. I won’t tell.
Now, I know this sounds pretty darn good. But just in case you needed a few extra words of encouragement, you should know: Milk is a Protein Powerhouse!
An 8 oz. glass of milk has 8 g. of high-quality protein.
Not all protein sources are created equal. Milk protein is a high-quality protein.
Milk provides more protein than an egg.
Experts recommend 20-30 grams of protein at each meal.
That Faux-Snow Ice Cream sounds even better now, doesn’t it? Just don’t tell the kids it’s good for them! Does your big day include making real or faux snow ice cream? Something else fun? Get great ideas for making any day (but especially the holidays) fabulous with Scholastic Parent & Child Big Day, and follow the hashtag #PCBigDay!