Yes, sigh, another winter storm is dumping epic amounts of snow all over the East Coast this week.
While the slow-moving weather system is bound to cause huge traffic delays, slippery sidewalks and post-shoveling muscle aches, it’s also bringing something we can actually look forward to: Snow treats.
All you need is a few handfuls of freshly fallen snow and some ingredients from the pantry, and you and your kids can turn a bad winter storm into a sweet snow day. We’re talking sweet snow creams, maple-snow candies and real snow cones.
Disclaimer: These recipes are all null and void in case of yellow snow. (Because, seriously. Yuck.)
SNOW CREAM (Makes 4)
While it’s still snowing, place a large mixing bowl outside to collect the fresh flakes. When the bowl is full (or you’ve gathered about 8 cups of snow), stir in ½ cup sugar and 1½ tsp. vanilla extract (or to taste). Stir in about 1 cup milk, until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
MAPLE SNOW CANDY (Makes about 8)
1. While it’s still snowing, place a clean baking sheet or cookie sheet outside to collect the fresh flakes. When the sheet is full, pack down the snow and allow it to fill up again. Pack down one more time.
2. In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of real maple syrup over medium heat until it boils (or a candy thermometer reads between 235F and 245F).
3. Take the pan off the heat and drizzle the syrup over the packed snow in long strips. Let the syrup strips cool and become firm for 3 to 5 seconds. Pull the candy strips out of the snow, and eat while still a little warm.
REAL SNOW CONES (Makes 4)
In a small saucepan, boil 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.Then add your favorite unsweetened juice, sports drink, instant coffee, or any colorful flavor you like. Once completely cool, drizzle it over scoops of fresh snow.