Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

August 12th, 2010 by Dionna | 7 Comments
Posted in Adults, Children, Eclectic Learning, Healthy Living, natural parenting, Preschoolers, Teens, Toddlers

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The end of summer is quickly approaching1, but there is still plenty of time for homemade summer treats. One of Kieran’s absolute favorite treats is ice cream, and so we’ve had great fun this year experimenting with our own recipe. Making ice cream – like any cooking activity – is also a rich educational activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Measuring ingredients are part of math skills, and mixing the ingredients together is a simple science experiment.

Below is the simplest homemade ice cream recipe I’ve seen, but it is nothing short of delicious.

Simple Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe (makes one serving)


1 cup 1/2 & 1/2
1 tbsp sugar
Dash of vanilla
Quart size ziploc bag
Gallon size ziploc bag
1/4 cup rock salt or 1/3 cup table salt


Put 1/2 & 1/2, sugar, and vanilla in the quart size ziploc bag.
Put the quart size bag (with ingredients) into the gallon size ziploc bag, cover with ice and salt.
Shake for 5 minutes or until ingredients in inner bag are the consistency of ice cream.
*Wear gloves to help keep fingers warm – shaking the bag gets cold!2010-08-11 03
*This makes a fun group activity. Do one quart size bag/person, have spoons for everyone to dig in after they are done shaking.
Simple Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe

Follow directions for vanilla ice cream, and add approx. 1/2 tbsp cinnamon (to taste).

Simple Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Follow directions for vanilla ice cream, and add approx. 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa (to taste).

Simple Homemade Root Beer Ice Cream Recipe

Follow directions for vanilla ice cream, and add approx. 12-15 drops Root Beer Stevia (to taste). Just like a root beer float!

What is your favorite homemade ice cream recipe? No really – I want more to try before summer is over!

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7 Responses to:
"Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe"

  1. pshouseblog

    blackberry. Fresh blackberries pureed and added to a vanilla base. It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good.

  2. Tracy

    Be sure to talk about the states of matter too, and how they can change!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Good point! The fact that the liquid turns to a more solid substance is pretty fascinating.

  3. Maman A Droit   MamanADroit

    Think it’d work with whole milk? I’m lactose intolerant and they have lactose free whole milk at my grocery store but no lactose free half & half. It sounds yummy though!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      I have no idea, but since it only uses one cup, I say give it a try! At least you won’t be wasting *that* much if it doesn’t work ;)

    • Can you eat yogurt? We make frozen yogurt all the time with our ice cream maker. Sometimes we add cream and sometimes we don’t. Last time we did it we made Cinnamon Frozen Yogurt to go over blueberry crisp. YUM!!

  4. Melodie   bfmom

    I’ve done this with the kids but not this year. This year I’ve been so set on wanting an ice cream maker that I forgot about this fun activity. And I still don’t have an ice cream maker so I think this is what we’re gonna have to do! Thanks for linking up!

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