Want to do something REALLY fun and SUPER simple with your kids or grandkids this summer?
Make homemade ice cream!
The process is very similar to our homemade butter recipe, but not as much shaking — and a little added sugar!
It only takes a few minutes (plus freeze time), it requires no special equipment, and our kids say it tastes like Culver’s Custard — which is a HUUUUGE compliment!
It’s the perfect treat for a hot summer day… just make sure you plan a few hours ahead so the cream has time to freeze!
- 2 c. cream, divided
- 2 T. sugar, divided
- 2 t. vanilla extract, divided
- 4 pinches of sea salt
- 4 half-pint mason jars with tight fitting lids
- 4 wet paper towels
- Pour 1/2 c. cream, 1/2 T. sugar, 1/2 t. vanilla, and 1 pinch sea salt into 4 half-pint mason jars.
- Cover tightly and shake for 5 minutes.
- Wrap each jar in a wet paper towel.
- Place jars in freezer for 3 hours, or until slightly firmer than soft-serve ice cream
- Top with desired toppings, eat, and enjoy!
Serving Size1/2 cup
Amount Per ServingCalories 436Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 27gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 135mgSodium 165mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 10gProtein 3g
Our kids thought it was SO fun to choose their own toppings (Simon had crushed Oreo, M&M’s, Brownie Brittle, Chocolate Syrup, AND Mini Chocolate Chips — so he was basically just eating candy!)
You can also make this on a larger scale by using a larger mason jar for shaking, or simply mix everything in a stand mixer (I did this over the weekend). Pour the thickened cream into a larger glass food storage container and wrap with wet paper towels.
Of course, the individual serving sizes are really fun for kids — we used half pint jars for this post and they are the PERFECT size!
We certainly won’t indulge in this treat every day of the week, but I’m positive we’ll make homemade ice cream at least a few more times this summer!
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
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