Make Your Own Ice Cream


It’s getting HOT outside! Who wants a tasty frozen treat?

If you’re looking for a fun way to cool off with family and friends, then check out these easy-to-do recipes for homemade ice cream and ginger ale!

**This is the first part of a two-part post that shows you how to make homemade ice cream floats. This week we’ll make the ice cream. Next week we’ll cover how to make ginger ale, then you can combine the two recipes to make your float!

Coffee Can Ice Cream

What you’ll need:

1 pint Half & Half, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 4 tablespoons of instant pudding mix (whatever flavor you like), 10 cups of ice, 1 and ½ cup rock salt (kosher or sea salt work too), 3-pound coffee can, 1-pound coffee can, duct tape, bowl, spoon.

Note: Tupperware containers work for this as well, but the thick plastic makes the ice cream take longer to freeze. If you have no coffee cans, try Zip-Loc plastic bags instead (one quart size, one gallon size).


1.       Mix your Half & Half, sugar, and instant pudding mix together in a bowl.

2.       Pour your ice cream mixture into the smaller coffee can. Put on the lid and seal it shut with the duct tape.

3.       Place the smaller, sealed can into the larger coffee can. Pour half of your ice into the large can so that it surrounds the smaller can as much as possible. Pour half of your salt over the ice, then seal up the large can with a lid and duct tape.

4.       Have fun rolling the cans around on the floor for about 10 minutes. This agitates the ice and salt, helping to freeze the ice cream faster.

5.       Open the large can and remove the smaller can and pour out the melted ice.

6.       Open the smaller can to check if the ice cream is frozen. You probably will only have frozen ice cream against the sides of the container. Scrape the frozen parts off and remix the ice cream, then seal the small can back up with the lid and tape and put it back in the empty large can.

7.       Repeat step 3 and pour the remaining ice and salt into the large can and seal it up. Roll it around for another 10 minutes.

8.       Open up your cans and enjoy some homemade ice cream!


We hope that you enjoy making your own ice cream with family and friends. Feel free to make the recipe your own and create new flavors! Comment below and tell us what kind of ice cream you made.



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