Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream Copycat – Snow Cream Recipe

February 12, 2014 44 Comments »

Have you been seeing sightings of “Snow Cream” posts on social media? The last time it snowed this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, everyone and their mothers were talking about it, and making it.

Before this year I had NEVER heard a single thing about it, and until today, I had never tried it. If you have snow it’s really pretty easy and tastes almost exactly like Chick-Fil A’s Ice Dream, so thus the copycat recipe.

PicMonkey CollageHow to Make Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream Copycat Snow Cream Recipe MommyB

If you are expecting snow, place a large, clean pot {or several} out to collect enough for about 6-8 cups of snow. I used the biggest pot that I had in my kitchen and set it on one of our outdoor chairs {hoping that no animals bothered it.} Empty Pot for Snow Cream MommyB

Pot Full of Snow for Snow Cream Mommyb

Here’s the full list of ingredients:

  • 6-8 cups of fresh, clean snow
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (I like Eagle brand) If you don’t have condensed milk you can use heavy cream, coffee creamer, almond milk, coconut milk etc, you just may have to add more sweetener.
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • Toppings (think chocolate sauce, sprinkles, fruit, nuts)

How to make Ice Dream Copycat aka Snow Cream:

Once you have 6-8 cups or more of snow prepare to experience your first taste of Snow Cream. I measured mine {sort of}.

Measure Snow for Snow Cream MommyB

Add all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl or if you want to leave in the pot you collected the snow in that’s fine too. I started with the condensed milk, then added the vanilla extract.

Milk for Snow Cream Recipe MommyB

Mix all of the ingredients until combined. I would recommend not to mix until the Snow Cream is smooth though as it will become too “soupy” and more like a milkshake {which would be yummy too}.

After mixing, consider adding your favorite toppings or enjoying as is {both are delicious}.

Snow Cream Toppings MommyB

My girls decided they wanted to add their favorite ice cream sauce and rainbow sprinkles. The sprinkles definitely gave us some color on this cold wintery day. They loved eating them in their Disney cups too, which worked out perfectly when the last few scoops were liquid-y enough to sip.

Snow Cream Ice Dream MommyB

There you have it, simple, yummy, and tastes just like Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream {or maybe even a little yummier.}

Have you ever heard of Snow Cream?? Have you ever eaten or made it??

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  1. Robin Ruehrwein February 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Reply

    OH.MY.GOD!!! This is so incredibly awesome and cool. My boys are gonna love it when I make them some tomorrow after school!!

    • MommyB February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM - Reply

      I can’t wait to hear how it goes!!!

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    Now that is something I wish I’d thought of yesterday when the snow was really coming down. Today it’s sleet. If we get snow again, I’m doing this!

  3. Isabella Grey February 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    Oh, this is awesome! I quit going to Chik-fil-a after the whole anti-LGBT thing, and I was really missing this tasty treat I used to get from there. I’m glad I can make it at home though! Thank so much!

  4. Robyn February 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM - Reply

    We love making snow cream. I have not tried the Ice Dream at CFA but just may if it’s like snow cream.

  5. Mandy@ February 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM - Reply

    Very neat. I had never heard of it but I live in Florida so I will probably not be trying it anytime soon 😉

    • MommyB February 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM - Reply

      Maybe try shaved ice? Not sure if it’s the same but you’ll have to let me know.

  6. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama February 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM - Reply

    I wonder if you can do this with ICE?! That’s what I’m getting at my house. Yum!

    • MommyB February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM - Reply

      Oh gosh were getting ice here too now!!! Stay safe.

  7. Rachael February 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM - Reply

    This recipe looks delicious. I won’t be able to make it though since I live in central Florida. No snow here, fortunately.

    • MommyB February 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM - Reply

      You could always try shaved ice, not sure how similar it is but couldn’t hurt

  8. Shop with Me Mama February 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    Oh shoot! Why did I not do this when we had snow??? Looks so good and I know we won’t get anymore snow in the PNW! Shoot!

  9. Krystal February 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM - Reply

    As a Floridian I’ve never had snow cream before! I didn’t even know it was a “thing.” How cool though!

  10. Katy Rawson February 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM - Reply

    How fun! We’ve never done this, but my daughter says “yum” to all the ice we see so I’m willing to bet she’ll love it. I’ll have to give it a shot before we leave this cold weather for California!

  11. Jaime February 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM - Reply

    I had snow cream for the first time tonight! I had to hit up Pinterest for a recipe. Definitely going to try it with my son tomorrow. (We’re currently at around 5-6 inches of snow. More overnight.)

  12. Shell February 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    I’d never heard of it until this year. But now I’ve been seeing so many people making it. I haven’t tried it yet. I’m in denial about all our snow.

  13. brett February 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM - Reply

    we will make snow ice cream tomorrow. 12-16 inches of fresh powder almost requires it!

  14. Sarah February 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM - Reply

    Ohhh! I have never had this at Chick Fil A! We don’t have them in upstate NY, but It’s still something I can do seeing we get a TON of snow, hahahaa!

    • MommyB February 12, 2014 at 11:40 PM - Reply

      Sarah I’m from Southwestern Ny and never had Chick-Fil-A till I moved to Virginia.

  15. Janet W. February 13, 2014 at 7:34 AM - Reply

    No, we haven’t ever tried to make it before! My grandsons would be so excited to try this!

  16. Tracey February 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    That is so cool! We have more than enough snow here in Canada to try this one out.

  17. Susanna Barbee (Zealous Mom) February 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM - Reply

    This post couldn’t have come at a better moment! I’m looking at the 8 inches of snow in our yard right now. We’re planning on making snow cream in just a little while. Thank you for the recipe!

  18. Ourfamilyworld February 13, 2014 at 9:44 AM - Reply

    We are in the middle of a blizzard like snow right now. And I have everything I need for this. I am doing it right now!

    • MommyB February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM - Reply

      Can’t wait to hear how it turns out.

  19. Melanie S. February 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this before. We certainly do have enough snow for it though. 🙂

  20. Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom) February 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM - Reply

    We love snow cream! It’s a childhood favorite! 🙂

  21. Sue February 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    We live in Florida, so no snow for us, but it is a really cool recipe. Makes me wish for snow LOL

  22. Bekki Kell February 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    We just made snow ice cream last night and the girls loved it!! Of course we had to add sprinkles! Everything is better with sprinkles

  23. Crystal February 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    With all of the snow we’ve had this winter I”m pretty sure we could build enough for our whole town LOL. Great idea

  24. Candy @ Candypolooza February 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM - Reply

    Oh nice!! Now I wish we had snow! Bookmarking in case we ever do! 🙂

  25. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? February 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM - Reply

    We missed our chance today to do this. I’ve never used condensed milk, though..just regular milk. I’ll have to try this next time!

  26. Jennifer @TheRebelChick February 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had ice dream from Chic Fil A, but it looks like I’ve been missing out! That looks SO good!!

  27. katherine February 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM - Reply

    This is such a cool recipe. I need to do this when it snows again

  28. Ashley February 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had ice cream from Chic Fil A but it’s an interesting concept.

  29. Eliz Frank February 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM - Reply

    Smart way to prepare takeout and make something good to eat. I love it.

  30. Paige February 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM - Reply

    very cool! Too bad we never get any snow!

  31. angela(ajackeduppeach) February 13, 2014 at 8:47 PM - Reply

    very interesting. using snow. well all we have is ice but now i wish we had snow.

  32. Christina S February 13, 2014 at 8:59 PM - Reply

    These are cute! I think my little one would think they’re neat.

  33. MelHey February 13, 2014 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    I just made snow cream with snow and French vanilla coffee creamer because that’s all I had in the house! 2 ingredients and it’s amazing!

  34. Jamie February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM - Reply

    I have seriously never heard of this! My kids would die over it!

  35. Dawn February 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM - Reply

    We made snow cream like this today! I remember making this since I was a kid! What fun! 🙂

  36. Melissa February 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM - Reply

    Now this sounds delicious! Now I’m hoping it snows a bit, all ours just melted.

  37. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville February 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM - Reply

    Snow cream sounds really fun! You’d think growing up in Maine I would have already tried it, but the closest we came was just eating a bite of fresh fallen snow!

  38. Kate K April 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM - Reply

    This brings back memories. I grew up in Iowa and we used to make snow icecream all the time! Haven’t done it in a long while… since we moved South. We just don’t see enough snow anymore.

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