I realize there are a lot of people in other regions of America who have had their fill of snow, but I live in North Carolina. We usually get ice. Its wonderful to actually get real snow! So snow cream is a rare delicacy for us.
If you only get to eat the real stuff once a year, using real cream and sugar would be ok. If you are able to get fresh snow more than once a year, you might want to use healthier ingredients.
Altering a Recipe
Original Recipe: Ingredients 8 cups snow, or shaved ice 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions Place snow or shaved ice into a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve immediately in bowls.
Altered Recipe: Ingredients 8 to 12 cups of snow 2/3 cup full fat coconut milk 1/2 cup raw local honey OR maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Directions In a small bowl, combine coconut milk, honey or maple syrup and vanilla. Set aside. Take a large container outside to collect 12 cups of snow. It is best to collect snow from the highest point in your yard. Add 8 cups of snow to a large mixing bowl. Add liquid mixture and fold together using a spatula. Add more snow until the desired ice cream texture is achieved. This may be served immediately or kept in the freezer.
Just a note to remember: - Altered recipes do NOT taste exactly the same as the original...
BUT that doesn't mean its not good! Keep this in mind when you try new, healthier recipes so you have a positive outlook over the food.