SNOW JOKE: Cook up a storm - using snow!
It's caused disruption to transport and led to school closures, but believe it or not, there is actually a useful way to make the most of the snow.
New research by Wren Kitchens has found another way to utilise the snow - and not just by putting a carrot on the nose of a snowman either.
The company has actually taken the snow and used it as an ingredient, incorporating it into five unique recipes that can be easily made at home.
Dr Faye Christopherson - Medical officer at Push Doctor, says: "Snow is mainly water, which is great and fine to eat, but as it passes through the atmosphere it acts like a sponge absorbing environmental contaminants, such as aerosol particles and sulphates, nitrates and mercury."
Well we all know it is best to avoid yellow snow, but Dr Christopherson has said that you should "take caution when it comes to eating snow that has already hit the ground, brown snow is likely to be highly contaminated."
Here are five snow recipes for you to get your teeth into:
*All recipes must use clean, fresh and untouched snow.
Vegan Coconut Snowcream
IngredientsEight cups of snow1 can of coconut milk2 tbsp maple syrup
MethodChill the coconut milk in the fridge until coldPlace the snow in a large bowl & our in the coconut milk and maple syrupMix lightly until combined
Maple Snow Lollies
Ingredients10 cups of snow packed tightly into a pie dish or roasting tin1 cup of maple syrupLollipop sticks (Optional)
MethodPour maple syrup into a saucepan and bring to a boilWhen the syrup reaches around 110 ÌŠc (should be a soft ball), take it off the heat and immediately drizzle onto the packed ice to create strips of syrupLeave to cool for a few momentsEither pick up and eat with your fingers or place a lollipop stick on one end of the syrup strip and use your fingers to roll into a lollipop
Hot Chocolate Snow Slushies
Ingredients85g chocolate2tsp. cocoa/hot chocolate powder1 ½ tbsp. sugar1 ½ cups of milk3 cups snowWhipped cream
MethodBreak the chocolate into small pieces and melt over hot waterAdd cocoa powder and sugarStir until fully combined Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup of milk until smoothCool to room temp then add remaining milkStir the cooled mix into snow until slushie-likeTop with whipped cream
Ingredients35ml Reposado Tequila20ml Cointreau35ml fresh lime juice1 cup snowChilled margarita glass with salt dipped edge
MethodPlace the snow in the chilled margarita glassShake the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice Strain over the snow and serve immediately
Fluffy Snow PancakesIngredients
1 cup of snow 1 cup of all-purpose flour1 cup of whole milkPinch of saltPinch of nutmeg (optional)Pinch of cinnamon (optional)1 tbsp butter for fryingDesired fruit/syrup to garnish
Combine all ingredients except the snow, and mix until the batter is formed.Heat the frying pan and melt the butterJust before frying, incorporate the snow by folding it into the batter.Drop pancake batter into the pan (to your preferred size). Fry gently until the batter bubbles on the surface, and the bottom of the pancake turns golden brown.Flip and cook the final side to desired colour, and until centre is cooked (the cooking should take a bit longer than you expect). Serve and garnish with preferred fruit and syrup