After the short winter we've already had it's easy to be tired of snow. But if we think back to childhood there is no better day than a snow day . Think about how glorious it would be to have work and school cancelled , and you have no other responsibility but to keep your butt inside, keep yourself warm, and of course, make sure that you’re plenty well-fed.
As the snow continues to pile up instead of dreading the snow that's piling up, you can put it to good use. That's why we've put together this list of things you can make with all the snow!
Get outside, grab a bucket of clean snow. Whip up some treats and hang in your jammies with Netflix.
Snow Ice Cream
Scoop up snow in waffle cones or cups.
- 1/2 cups half & half or whole milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 cups of clean snow or shaved ice
Blend the milk, sugar and vanilla together until the sugar dissolves. Mix 4 cups of snow and stir until you get the same consistency of ice cream. Add toppings or chocolate syrup to make a Snow Sundae!
Canadian Sugar Shack Candy (maple candy on snow)
This old Canadian favorite also goes by the name "leather britches,” because of its chewy texture. It's super easy to make and tasty as any candy you can buy!
To Make it: Start with a large bowl or bucket of fresh clean snow. Then heat maple syrup in a pan to around 234F degrees and drizzle it in strips over packed snow. Because it cools so quickly, it does not have a chance to crystalize and instead, as if by alchemy, transforms into a taffy-like treat that can then be swirled onto a popsicle stick.
Watch a scene here from Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown where Canadian chef Martin Picard introduces the old tradition.
If sweet and spicy are more your thing try this variation.
Spicy honey candy with sea salt
- 1 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Cayenne pepper and sea salt to taste
Much like the Sugar Shack Candy, Mix honey with vanilla and cayenne to desired level of heat. Then warm the mixture to around 234F degrees and drizzle it in strips over packed snow. Using a spoon or popsicle stick roll the ribbons around with until formed into balls, remove from snow and sprinkle with sea salt.