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February 3, 2011

Kids make sweet snow treats

TAHLEQUAH — Green Country experienced unusually heavy snowfall this week, leaving schools, businesses and churches with no choice but to shut down. With no place to go, local families have been fending for themselves at home – and some of them are enjoying age-old traditions.

With frigid temperatures and icy roads limiting the migration from the fireplace, the only option left for many has been to hunker down, keep warm and stay home. If the kids are going crazy from being cooped up all week, there are plenty of remedies to cure almost any case of cabin fever – and one way is to whip up a batch of snow ice cream.

In days gone by, snow ice cream has been a popular dessert made at home on blustery days. The basic idea is to scoop up a bunch of (non-yellow) snow into a bowl ,then slowly pour milk, sugar and vanilla into it. The liquid will partially melt and congeal into the most basic version of ice cream.

The ice cream tradition leads back several centuries, and many speculate about the origin of the frozen delicacy. The most popular story is that Emperor Nero would have snow brought to Rome from the Alps, according to makeicecream.com. His servants would then prepare it by mixing it with nectar, fruit pulp and honey.

Another popular tradition suggests the great explorer Marco Polo discovered the frozen delicacy when he traveled to China and saw people making a dessert from the snow, according to icecreampark.com. He then took the recipe and traveled back to Italy, where he shared it with fellow Europeans.

Since then, making snow ice cream has become a popular tradition on snowy days. Hunter Grace and Jude Turman have spent their time off from Stilwell Elementary School, playing the Wii and sledding, but they took a break to gather snow in a bowl for their mom.

Hunter thought her snow ice cream was pretty tasty. Her mom helped her make it. When the 5-year-old was asked if she enjoyed fixing up a batch of ice cream, she said, “Yeah, I had fun picking it up, too.”

Hunter’s mom, Jennifer, helped her and her brother, Jude, make the ice cream, and she said it was good for them to get out of the house for a little while.

“Snow ice cream is a good way to make memories and burn off some energy,” said Jenifer Turman. “And it’s low in calories!”

There are plenty of activities kids can engage in to burn off some of that energy. They can make snowmen, go sledding, have snowball fights, or do anything that gets them out of the house for a little while.

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