Some people make snow angels, some build snow men. But even if you’re a snow-shy person like me you can enjoy snow cream. We made this delicacy when I was growing up, and it’s still a snowstorm staple in my house. I like the sweet simplicity of ingesting snowflakes.
Put out a pot once the blizzard starts.
When you’re hungry, collect the snow and stir in some milk. Add sugar and vanilla to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you like.
Distribute in bowls or eat out of the pot.
Then, take a walk among the trees in the champagne powder as blue shadows fall.
If you want to make something fancier, try this.
Berry Snow Cones
2 1/2 cups raspberries (6 ounces)
3 cups blueberries (10 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
8 cups lightly packed snow
Mash 1 1/2 cups raspberries and 2 cups blueberries with sugar and water in a 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan using a potato masher. Bring to a boil, stirring, then boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Transfer to a blender and purée until almost smooth, about 1 minute (use caution when blending hot liquids). Pour berry mixture through a sieve into a bow. Discard solids. Cool syrup, then chill, until cold, about 1 hour.
For each serving, spoon 3 tablespoons syrup over 1 cup snow and top with 1/4 cup of remaining mixed berries.
Or make an old fashioned treat.
Roll a bit of honey or maple syrup in some snow. It will get hard enough to suck and be as round as any hard candy.