3 New Ways to Have Fun With Snow

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Story Updated: Mar 2, 2012

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Snowmen and snow angels can get old fast. So next time there’s a winter storm, try eating the snow instead!

Is it safe? Yes, say experts. Snow eaten in moderate amounts, especially outside urban areas, is harmless -- just make sure it’s fresh and clean. Bundle up the family and head outside on a snow-gathering mission with delectable results. These quick and easy snow recipes are a new -- and tasty -- way to enjoy the winter weather together.

We All Scream for Snow Cream
For a group of kids, gather about six to eight cups of snow -- the freshly fallen, fluffy variety works best -- and bring it into the kitchen for some serious flavor enhancing. Use a can of sweetened condensed milk as the creamy addition or combine 8 ounces of whipping cream with roughly 1/2 cup of sugar. Combine your ingredients in a separate bowl and add flavoring as you like -- extracts like vanilla, orange or mint work well -- then add to the snow and serve quickly.

(Real) Snow Cones
Who needs a snow cone machine when you’ve got the makings of the real thing in your front yard? Combine clean snow with something sweet and fruity. For a healthy alternative, skip artificially flavored syrups in favor of defrosted fruit juice concentrate. The kids will be just as excited, and you’ll be sneaking in a couple of extra servings of fruit into their diet.

Stretchy Snow Taffy
Snow taffy is a Canadian treat that’s sure to please your crowd. Simply boil 1/2 cup of real maple syrup until it reaches 235 F -- a candy thermometer is key -- and drizzle it over a pan full of fresh packed snow. Allow the syrup to cool for a few minutes, and then dig in!

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