January 28, 2005

Snow Cappucino

Snow Cappucino, originally uploaded by drmomentum.

Didn’t feel like going to the local coffee shop for an expensive frozen drink, so I threw one together with what was lying around at work. Namely, some flavored stuff and thousands of cubic feet of snow.

It is delicious. You’ll want to experiment on your own to get a ratio of ingredients you like, but try starting here:

Fill mug with snow. Add 1/3 cup of syrup. Add 1/4 cup of milk. Mix. Taste. Add syrup, snow, milk or sugar as needed to achieve desired taste and consistency.

This is the second post in which I’ve discussed eating snow. Is it safe?

There are contaminants in snow. As you might know, snow cleans the air. Each snowflake catches contaminants int he air and carries them to the ground. However, these are the same contaminants you are breathing in in large volumes every day — much greater volumes than you will experience in a cup of snow.

When you breathe in, many of the larger contaminants are stuck in your nose hairs, in the mucous covering your breathing passages. Eventually that mucous is swalloed and ends up in your stomach, just like where the snow ends up!

The only real danger from eating snow happens if you are stranded in the wilderness. Eating significant amounts of snow for hydration lowers your body temperature and increases your risk of hypothermia.

But as far as pollution is concerned, a cup or 2 of snow is no different than what you’re breathing in all day, every day.

So, enjoy, if you are so inclined. Just don’t grab snow off the highway, the side of the road, where people or animals have been walking, or off the top layer. The fresher the snow the better, because contamination can happen after the snow has been lying around on the ground.

Posted by James at January 28, 2005 5:05 PM
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Here's another article on various snow recipes. Apparently Vermonters call maple snow "jack wax".

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 28, 2005 7:39 PM

Thanks, Chuck. I hadn't heard that term before! I saw them making the stuff on the Food Network and they put a lot more syrup on it than I do. Of course, they have a lot more syrup than I do.

I really want to try this with cream. The skim milk was thin, but yummy. It would be a real treat with cream.

Posted by: James at January 28, 2005 7:56 PM

I liked that comment "it's safe to avoid eating snow" -- as it it would be unsafe to avoid eating snow.

Maybe there used ot be mobs of people in Vermont that force people to eat snow under pain of a beating?

Posted by: James at January 28, 2005 7:59 PM

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