Snow Cream Recipe and Snow Candy: The Holiday (or Boxing Day) Tradition

As a huge Little House on the Prairie buff (I read the series at least 15 times when I was a child), Snow Candy and Snow Cream were treats my family and I would make every Boxing Day. It became a fun holiday tradition that is as simple as it is delicious.

Snow Cream is an ice-cream short-cut that takes minutes to make. If you had a fresh snowfall, or if it is snowing in your neck of the woods, try your hand at this delicious treat!


  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1/2-1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk (or 1 cup half and half cream and 1 cup milk)

You can collect fresh clean snow, or if you are in the middle of a storm, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. One the bowl is full, stir in the vanilla, sugar and just enough milk for the desired consistency and serve immediately.

If you aren’t familiar with Snow Candy, “Laura and Mary each had a pan, and Pa and Ma showed them how to pour the dark syrup in little streams onto the snow.” – Little House in the Big Woods.

This traditional recipe has a very ‘strong’ molasses flavour.


1 cup molasses
I cup brown sugar
Fresh, clean snow (or crushed ice)

Boil the molasses and sugar together in the large pot until the mixture reaches the “hard crack” stage on a candy thermometer, or until a spoonful dropped into cold water forms a hard ball and cracks. Remove the syrup from the heat.


Scoop fresh, clean snow (or crushed ice) into the shallow pan. Dip up a spoonful of syrup and dribble it onto the snow in “circles, and curlicues, and squiggledy things” as Laura and Mary did. It will harden and become candy. Lift the candy off the snow and onto a clean towel to dry.

Recipe taken from The Little House Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Erikson.

Photo Credit: *Parsley* Food.com