FOR SOME, IT is inseparable from their childhood experience. For others, the phrase “snow cream” evokes a blank stare. The basic principles of making snow cream are simple: Mix a little dairy, a little sugar, add some flavoring, then whip into a large bowl of snow. The most traditional approach calls for fresh cream and vanilla extract. Experiment with flavors like maple syrup or try using almond or evaporated milk to jump start the sweetness in place of added sugars. Some warn against using the first snow of the season due to particulates in the air or contaminates on the ground. Hogwash. If you’ve made this once for your children the only requisite for them is snow.