Friday, January 3, 2014

Ice Cream Snowballs with Kailey

A two ingredient recipe that's tasty and easy to make!

We're starting the New Year off with a pretty simple recipe that is - nevertheless - one of my favorite treats to eat in the wintertime. Admittedly, it's something you can eat at any time of the year, but it's something I've always associated with Christmas, and I was actually planning on including it in our posts for last month. Unfortunately, time got away from me and so we're sneaking it in at the beginning of this month to make sure it gets a spot in the sunshine!

Or cloudy gray snowy day, as the case may be.

This is something I consider to be a family recipe, although considering it only requires two ingredients and takes like two seconds to make, I guess it's sort of a stretch to even call it a recipe. I don't remember the first time I had them, but I do know that they've always been a favorite of mine and there was no way I wasn't making them this holiday season. I liked them so much, it's what I submitted to a second grade class project about family holiday recipes. We might have the resulting cookbook around here somewhere, but God knows where it is.

Despite my forays into some fairly exotic and unusual holiday treats over the last month, my family tends to have pretty simple tastes when it comes to desserts at Christmas. We usually do sugar cookies, a jubilee roll ice cream cake and maybe one or two other easy things, versus a crazy complicated cake or anything like that. On Christmas Eve, we usually make "Ice Cream Snowballs", which is literally just a ball of vanilla ice cream coated in coconut.

Or the sun could come out right as I was taking pictures, that works too.

The important thing for me is picking a really good vanilla ice cream. I'm lame and generally enjoy most kinds of vanilla, and even order it at ice cream parlors sometimes instead of something more exotic because it's just a nice flavor, but honestly, I do have an absolute favorite kind of vanilla and yes, there is a difference.

Breyer's Natural Vanilla is superior to all other vanillas.

The real flecks of vanilla bean really make this a vanilla ice cream, and that's what makes it my favorite.

Like I said, this is a really easy treat to make. All you do is make a ball of ice cream...

Feel free to use your hands to make it a better shape.

Coat it in coconut...

Leave it in the freezer for a while to firm it back up, and there you go!

I had requests to make a chocolate snowball and one or two with chocolate chip ice cream. I guess one of them is muddy snow and one's a snowball with gravel in it or something.

Now to decide which one to eat first...

And that's a wrap for our adventures into holiday treats for now! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we're trying out our first 1970's inspired recipe. Can you guess what it might be?

Kailey's just happy she doesn't have to make spam casserole...


  1. Hmmm... 70s recipe... fondue?

    1. Nope! But I definitely do want to do that at some point, fondue is my favorite thing. c:

      Well. One of my favorites.