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How to make ice cream out of snow

Wednesday - 1/22/2014, 6:43am  ET

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Making ice cream out of snow is a classic childhood activity. But you can add an adult twist, as well. (Courtesy of Victoria Lai)

Turn your snowman into a snow cone

WTOP's Rachel Nania reports

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WASHINGTON -Frosty has been built, snowballs have been thrown and winged angles decorate the lawn.

Now what?

With several inches of snow blanketing the D.C. area, there is more than enough fluffy white stuff to turn up the creativity and transform the flakes into a tasty treat.

That's right. It's time to make the classic childhood favorite: snow ice cream.

Victoria Lai, founder of D.C.-based Ice Cream Jubilee, has some tips when it comes to turning snow into a snack.

First, Lai says to look for the cleanest batch of snow you can find.

"I would get a big bowl of it and have all of your preparations and toppings ready to go in the kitchen because you'll need to put it together quickly before it melts," she says.

The recipe Lai recommends is one that is traditional in Hawaii and the Philippines -- only it's made with shaved ice, not snow.

"Add some (sweetened) condensed milk on the top (of your snow). You just drizzle a little bit on top and you add other fruits and it's a really fun, fruity -- almost healthy -- twist on a snow cone," she says.

How you serve the treat depends on how quickly you can eat it. A cake cone is always an option, but Lai says it may be best served out of a bowl with a spoon.

And the recipe doesn't have to be limited to kids. Adults can have some fun with snow ice cream, as well.

"You can also add an espresso syrup [to the snow] You can also add [the snow] to your smoothies," Lai says.

Some might even try a drizzle of Baileys or another liqueur on their snowy treat.

"There's so much snow in Washington D.C., the options for creativity are limitless."

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