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Ode to Nemo: Recipes to make the snow disappear faster

Unlike most, I prefer the bitter cold to the scorching heat, boots to flip-flops, and hot chocolate to ice cream. But I concede that winter is a rather sad affair when flurries or the occasional couple inches of accumulation are all the elements have to offer as compensation for below freezing temperatures. What a tease. I hoped that a decent storm would substantiate my freshman winter, but I did not expect such an overachiever to grace campus. Nemo truly put other storms to shame and is, in my opinion, deserving of thanks for the day off and outdoor excursions. Unfortunately, most of the snow on campus has been packed down and salted, blown into peaks on the side of the road, or sullied by snow day shenanigans. Though some untouched patches remain, most of the snow is now inedible. Nevertheless, here are some recipes to commemorate our stormy friend and for shits and giggles, if nothing else:

Snow Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of snow
  • 1, 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

  1. Place snow into a large bowl.
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine.
  3. Serve immediately in bowls with your favorite toppings.

(Courtesy of the fabulous Paula Deen.)

Source: Rosina Huber

Source: Rosina Huber

Maple Snow Candy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of 100% pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of unsalted butter

Directions:

  1. Heat maple syrup and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Boil and stir until the mass becomes less bubbly and foamier in consistency (about 220˚ F if you use a thermometer).
  3. Remove pot from heat and allow it to sit for a minute.
  4. Pour over snow and remove once it solidifies.

(Courtesy of Rosina Huber’s blog, Rosy-Posy.)

Source: Petrina Tinslay

Source: Petrina Tinslay

Raspberry-Blueberry Snow Cones

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups of raspberries
  • 3 cups of blueberries
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of water
  • 8 cups of lightly packed snow

Directions:

  1. Mash 1 ½ cups raspberries, 2 cups blueberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil (stirring constantly), and then allow it to boil (stirring occasionally) for 3 more minutes.
  3. Purée in a blender and strain into a bowl. Cool resulting syrup and cover the surface in plastic wrap.
  4. Chill in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Pour 3 tablespoons of syrup over 1 cup of snow. Top with remaining berries.

(Courtesy of Epicurious.)

Snow can be used in lieu of crushed ice in a variety of frozen drinks (think margaritas and daiquiris). It can be especially helpful for those lacking blenders. Hopefully these will let you make the most of the aftermath of Nemo and enjoy the onslaught of the blizzard of midterms and papers.

-Alison Sikowitz

(Cover photo source.)

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