March 21, 2018

Civil War Era Snow Cream Recipe

Civil War Recipe Dessert Snow Cream 1850s 1860s

I'm enjoying my snow day off after that busy weekend at Military Through the Ages.

This is one of those recipes that sounds like it's "modern but marketed as Old Timey" but it is actually a historical recipe dating back at least to the 17th century.

I foolishly thought I was going to have to wait until next year to share this recipe but as we are now on Nor'easter number 4, I thought this recipe needed to be shared. It's a very easy, Philadelphian recipe. :D I've also included a WWI Era recipe to show how the recipe has stayed fairly consistent over the years.

Civil War Recipe Dessert Snow Cream 1850s 1860s

Snow Cream


- 1 Cup Heavy Cream (you can use milk it is just not as rich)
- 1/3 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- 4 Cups of Snow
- 1 tsp Lemon Extract or Vanilla Extract


Mix together cream, sugar and flavoring. Mix in fresh snow until it is as stiff as ice cream. Enjoy!

WW1 World War One Recipe Dessert Snow Cream 1915

There's not much to it. It would be something fun to do today with kids. I was hoping to post an update about Military Through the Ages but I still have photos to go through.


  1. With all the crap being sprayed in the safe is the snow?

    1. If you drink the water or breathe the air, I think you'll be okay.

    2. To be honest, Anonymous, I am yet to see a gravestone epitaph saying "he ate snow"

  2. But what if my cream isn't the richest and it's poor like me? Do you think the recipe will still work?


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