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Uhhh... I'll pass.
Quagmire: Hey, maybe we could set [Peter] up with another lemon snowcone, huh?
Peter: No thanks. The last one you gave me didn't taste like lemon at all. It tasted like... [pause] Oh, you guys are asses.
Family Guy, "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas"

When you see snow outside that's ominously yellow-colored. Or worse, when someone tries to feed you a "lemon" snowcone. Or if you see yellow cursive script or doodles in the snow. Yeah, this is a Toilet Humour trope. Sometimes hilariously combined with a character's own moment of Fridge Horror when they realize what it actually is. Especially if they took a bite of it.

Due to this trope's inherently juvenile Vulgar Humor, it is unlikely to be appreciated by anyone older than 25. Or Frank Zappa.


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    Comic Books 
  • The miniseries Ambush Bug: Year None at one point has Ambush Bug hire himself out as a henchman to try and make ends meet. He ends up working for a D-list supervillain called Yellow Snow, who apparently has a habit of urinating on his henchmen dressed like snowmen.
  • Referenced in an issue of Legion of Super-Heroes: while working on the planet of Braal, where the snow has a natural rusty tint from traces of iron, Sci-Cop Vin Kolkin repeats a saying from his world - "Don't eat the yellow snow." Native Braalian Dyrk Magz replies wryly that it says a lot about Kolkin's world.

    Eastern Animation 

    Film — Animated 
  • As said by Koda from Brother Bear, "If the snow's white, then it's all right. Yellow or green, it's just not clean."
  • In Frozen, Anna and Kristoff first meet Olaf while he's wandering through the snow and thinking of colors for it.
    Olaf: Yeeah, it really is beautiful, isn't it? But so white! How 'bout a little colour? I'm thinkin' like maybe some crimson, chartreuse, how 'bout yellow? No, not yellow. Yellow in snow: bleurgh. No-go.
  • Happy Feet: When the teacher asks the penguin chicks what the most important lesson is, one of them asks, "Don't eat yellow snow?", but the teacher says that is not the most important lesson.
  • The Abominable Snowman's mysterious "lemon" snowcones in Monsters, Inc., which he offers to visitors. The frigid remoteness of his cave and his chronic isolation are... not reassuring. note 
  • In the opening musical number of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Stan runs his gloved hand through some yellow snow, ironically while singing a line about how the snow is "pure and white".

    Film — Live-Action 

  • "Drink yellow snow. It might be beer."


    Live-Action TV 
  • On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike makes an extremely clear reference to this trope when he boasts about being "as impure as the driven yellow snow".
  • Bunk'd: In "Lake Rancid", while eating ice cream for the first time, Gwen reveals she only ever ate snow before, though her mother wouldn't let her eat the lemon flavored kind.
  • Christmas on Vesterbro has it in the theme song. "Alt kan ske når det er jul/ selvom vores sne er gul" (translated: Everything can happen when it's Christmas/ even though our snow is yellow)
  • From the "Celebrity Jeopardy!" skit of Saturday Night Live:
    Alex Trebek: This is the color of snow.
    Sean Connery: What is "yellow"?
    Trebek: That is incorrect.
    Connery: Are you sure? I made some yesterday. Spelled your name in a snowbank. Of course, it was your mother's handwriting! (laughing) She was holding the pen!
  • The Winter Olympics special on Top Gear had two challenges between James and Jeremy; the loser of each would have to partake of the yellow snow. Each lost a challenge, so each got to "enjoy" their prize.

  • One of Bob Rivers' Christmas song parodies is "Yellow Snow! Yellow Snow! Yellow Snow!", about a dog peeing in the snow.
  • Songdrops has a song called "Don't Make a Snowman With Yellow Snow", about, well, not making a snowman with yellow snow.
  • Frank Zappa's "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" tells the story of an Inuit boy named Nanook, his favorite baby seal and a fur trapper. And, of course, the yellow snow (the deadly yellow snow, from right there where the huskies go).
    "He took a dog-doo snowcone and stuffed it in my right eye. He took a dog-doo snowcone and stuffed it in my other eye. And the husky wee-wee, I mean the doggie wee-wee, has blinded me and I can't see; temporarily."

    Video Games 
  • In the second Ace Attorney game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All, Maya wants a snow cone from the closed circus concession stand. Phoenix points to all the snow all around them (since it's late December). When Maya points out that there's no syrup, Phoenix hopes to himself that she doesn't notice the discolored snow in the corner. "That's not syrup!"
  • In Ape Escape, you can view some flavor text for each monkey you catch, and for one of the monkeys from the Ice Age set of levels, one of the monkeys is listed as being particularly grumpy because he ate some yellow snow.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!: A variation. Using the zipper icon on the ice machine has the narrator comment that La Costa Lotta's customers prefer their ice clear instead of yellow.
  • Neopets: One of the several snowballs that can be used as weapons is a yellow one. It's not known exactly how the snow got yellow, but the narrator seems disgusted by it.
  • Discussed in Nibblers. As the group reaches Frost Fangs, Coral wonders what snow tastes like. The Lizard replies that it's tasteless, unless if it's yellow.
  • The USA commercial for Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc uses this trope. It begins with two snowboarders who appear to be urinating in the snow, writing their names, and then we hear a wave-like sound in the distance as the camera focuses on the snowboarders staring in awe. The camera then turns to a bank of snow with the Rayman 3 logo written in urine, and Rayman looking at the camera, smiling. Then the commercial ends revealing that the snowboarders were actually squirting yellow liquids out of canteens.
  • South Park the game on the Nintendo 64 had snowballs as the default attack. A special use for them is to take a whizz on them (with pants unzipping sound) then let fly. Hit one of the four kids with this and enjoy the creative Cluster F-Bomb retaliation.
  • Zombidle has an obtainable item called "Lemon flavoured magic snow" which acts as a Money Multiplier for Christmas Event presents.

  • In Channel Ate, one character offers another lemonade with a wink. The second character promptly refuses to drink it.
  • In Least I Could Do, young Rayne says that his dad makes him eat the yellow snow when he's bad. There's a bottle of lemonade or some other yellow food just out of sight of passersby.

    Web Original 
  • Dragon Cave: the description for the Yellow Crocus reads in the Snow Wars 2 shop reads "Never eat yellow snow. Or yellow crocus."

    Web Video 
  • Ask That Guy with the Glasses: In one Christmas episode featuring Sage, the last question asked is what happens when somebody eats yellow snow. Sage is blunt in that he says that you get sick because you ate pee.
  • In the "Team Snow Fortress" video by Corridor Digital, a yellow snowball is used and unsurprisingly said yellow snowball belongs to no other but the Sniper as a stand-in for his Jarate.

    Western Animation 
  • In Family Guy, Peter's friends give him a "lemon snowcone".
    • Done again by Brian to Stewie in "Grumpy Old Man"
  • In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "In the Cards", Ami and Yumi were fighting over a boy in an intense game of Stu-Pi-Oh!. Ami played called "Instant Tundra Yellow Snow" on Yumi, which involved trapping her in a snowman and random dog doing its business there.
  • In the Ice Age Christmas special, Sid sees yellow snow and wants to taste it. But Prancer, knowing what it is, quickly says "Don't. Just...don't."
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 217, Rules tries to separate Stumpy and Quack-Quack in order to put an end to their antics, which she does by sending Stumpy to the ice caps and Quack-Quack to the desert. Stumpy realizes that there's still a way he can communicate with Quack-Quack: he pees on the snow, drawing the shape of Quack-Quack's face in a line of yellow snow, which is deemed newsworthy and broadcasted on TV, which Quack-Quack sees from the desert.
  • In the Sabrina: The Animated Series episode "Board and Sorcery", Harvey, who turned into a snowman, says "Have you ever seen the way dogs treat snowmen? Yellow is not my color!".
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "I Had An Accident", Patrick ate yellow sand.
  • In The Venture Brothers, Dr. Venture is left stranded and naked in the high Arctic by the paranoid Richard Impossible. As he's wandering through the frozen plain, he abruptly steps into polar bear urine, and angrily laments how he has the bad luck to step into the only patch of Yellow Snow for miles around.

Alternative Title(s): Lemon Snowcone