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Chuck Hinman: Snow ice cream

Chuck Hinman: Snow ice cream.
When fresh snow fell, Chuck's Mom would sometimes make a milk-egg combination to which the flakes were added to produce Snow Ice Cream. The next earlier Chuck Hinman Story: - This house is Santa Claus unfriendly

By Chuck Hinman

Snow ice cream

Someone at our foursome at the evening meal night before last here at Tallgrass Estates brought up the subject of snow ice cream. We were scheduled to receive a real norther' with up to 12 inches of snow! Brrrrrrr!

Kids today don't have a clue what you are talking about -- this snow ice cream stuff. Too bad, no one at the table questioned what it was. We all knew!

As for me, another memory is born and I can recite it in detail as though it happened yesterday. Here goes....

It's in the middle of winter in Gage County Nebraska in 1932. The Hinman kids. Bob, age 12, Joy Ann, age 5 and myself -- Chuck age 10 are just home from school and barged into the kitchen yelling in unison, "Mom, what is there to eat?"

It was the middle of January, and it had begun to snow again in the afternoon adding to the snow-pack already on the frozen tundra. "Well, let's see -- the snow is fresh, how about some snow ice cream?" Mom said in a cheerful voice.

"Yeah," we all yelled in chorus!

Bob grabbed the dishpan and volunteered to bring in a pan of fresh snow as Mom set about mixing up some familiar "egg-nog type mixture." Of course, living on a farm, we had all the ingredients -- the eggs and milk. Mom even gave us the choice of having plain vanilla or chocolate snow ice cream!

We'd scoop in snow until it tasted just right. In a jiffy, we each had a bowl heaped with wonderful snow ice cream. "Don't eat it too fast, or you will get a headache," Mom warned!

Oh, what memories as I look out my window here at Tallgrass Estates and see the, unusual for this transplanted Cornhusker, snow drifted on my 3rd floor patio in November, 2006! It made me wish for the makin's for good ol' snow ice cream!

Written by Chuck Hinman, 1 December 2006

A note on Chuck Hinman and ice cream by Robert Stone.

I added a sentence to Chuck's story because young folk today would have no idea as to whether one poured the egg-nog type mixture onto the snow or whether one stirred the snow flakes into the mixture.

I also told him about having snow ice cream in the 1940s and 1950s when I was growing up in the village of Shop Spring, Tennessee, writing: "After reading your story about Snow Ice Cream, I started thinking about how we did it. As I recall Mother made a custard and we filled a glass about half full. Then we added the snow, little by little, stirring until we got the consistency we wanted. It all seemed so natural fifty years ago but thinking back I say, Now just how did we do that?

"Nowadays milk is so processed and snow is so contaminated, I'm sure that there is no duplicating the dessert we so looked forward to when the flakes came down."

Chuck also wrote about ice cream at Tallgrass Estates where the favorite flavor was Butter Pecan and of his and Connie's adventure visiting friends who invited them to help make ice cream with goat's milk, raw eggs, and strawberry flavoring.

"Well, it came time to share in the enjoyment of home made ice cream! Connie and I both begged off with the same excuse, we were still full from dinner! We just couldn't eat another bite! Really!"

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