Homemade Ice CreamGrandma’s Easy Kids Can Make It Homemade Ice Cream

Sunday, July 19th is National Ice Cream Day. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than by helping the kids make their very own homemade ice cream. But you don’t have to have a fancy electric ice cream maker to create this wondrous treat. There are two very easy ways to take milk and a bit of sugar and turn it into ice cream! Of course you can always use an ice cream maker, we recommend that you check out ice cream maker reviews before deciding which one is best for your family.

I can’t take credit for this craft idea, as someone told me when I was a cub scout leader and we tried it. I had eight very happy little cub scouts kicking coffee cans all over my yard and then eating the ice cream. It was a hit, and has been done many years since then.
My scouts are all grown men now, but on the 4th someone asked me if they could make Kick the Can Ice Cream!

Kick the Can Ice Cream

Supplies for each kid:

  • A l pound coffee can and a 3 pound coffee can
  • 1 pint of half and half
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 4 T. of your favorite instant pudding mix (any flavor works!)
  • 10 cups of ice
  • 1 and ½ c. rock salt, kosher salt can be used
  • Duct tape


Step one: In a medium bowl, you have to mix together the half and half, the sugar and your pudding mix

Step two: Put the l pound coffee can inside of the 3 pound coffee can and pour the milk mixture into it.. Cover the small can with it’s lid and seal it tightly with duct tape.

Step three: Surround the small can with half the ice and about ½ to ¾ c. of salt.

Step four: Seal the 3 pound can with it’s lid and tape it tightly shut. Now the fun begins!

Step five: Have two kids stand across from each other and start kicking the can back and forth, rolling it between each other. Encourage them to be gentle!

Step six: After 10 to 15 minutes of kicking, open the cans and check to see if it’s ice cream. You might need to scrape down the sides and stir gently to incorporate the more frozen mixture on the insides of the small can. Replace lid and can back into larger can and add more ice and salt as needed

Step seven: Make sure you’ve resealed with the duct tape and kick for another 10 minutes.

You’ll have ice cream after that!

Plastic Bag Ice Cream

This uses whole milk instead of half and half and less sugar, so it’s a bit healthier but not as rich as the kick the can ice cream. Still delicious and fun to make though.

Step 1: Put 1 cup of whole milk and 1 t. vanilla and 2 T. of sugar in a quart size Ziploc bag. Seal

Step 2: Mix 4 c. of ice with ¼ c. of kosher salt in a gallon size plastic zip loc bag and place the smaller bag with the milk mixture into the larger bag with the ice. Seal the larger bag shut.

Step 3: Shake and shake some more, about 10 minutes. Avoid squeezing it. Two kids working together always seem to have more fun at this task than just one, but even with yourself it’s kind of fun!

Step 4: Remove the smaller bag and wip off any ice and salt. Squeeze it into a bowl and eat right then, or you can place smaller bag in freezer to let is harden a bit more before eating.

It’s better than the Ice Cream Truck can bring..!! You can use chocolate milk to make chocolate ice cream and we’ve smashed up strawberries or other fruit in a blender and stirred it in before we put the mixture in the freezer to harden.

ice cream10. Red Velvet Cake

The name alone peaks a dessert lover’s interest. Red velvet cake’s unique, bright color and buttery taste is now available as ice cream. It’s ice cream made of red velvet cake batter, real cake pieces and cream cheese frosting. It’s no surprise that this flavor makes the top ten.

9. Butter Almond

Finally, you can fully entertain your salty sweet cravings with ice cream. It’s smooth vanilla flavor with authentic roasted almonds, real butter and a pinch of salt. Simplicity is often just enough to send your taste buds soaring. Without the theatrics of other flavors this one plays it safe. Butter Almond nails the standard simple joy of dessert. It’s ice cream; cold, sweet and fun with sensational flavor.

8. Rocky Road-ish

The “ish” suffix at the end of rocky road is totally necessary to describe this limited edition flavor. Unlike your typical rocky road composed of chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and nuts, this flavor is actually made of toasted marshmallow ice cream. This flavor is a perfect example of Ben & Jerry of spicing up a classic flavor and making it a knock-out.

7. Americone Dream

If you thought vanilla was the most American of ice cream flavors you haven’t tried Americone Dream. This is truly a waffle sundae into one mind-blowing pint of ice cream. It’s a fun contrast of textures, a surprising crunch of waffle cones, rich caramel and a perfect balance of chocolate. This is a flavor is as red white and blue as our flag. Sweet, heavy and fun. This flavor is worth every second you’ll be spending on the toilet thereafter.

6. Pineapple Coconut

Hard on the coconut and light on the pineapples, virgin please. This flavor brings the genius idea of combining pina colada with ice cream to life. Winter or summer, Pineapple Coconut ice cream takes you away to a Hawaiian island inspired resort. Palm trees sway over crystal clear beach waters, and ukuleles play on your taste buds. For an added level of citrus sensation, introduce your own warm strawberries to this already tropical twister to bring this flavor to a new irresistible level. Who doesn’t like getting pina colada and getting caught in the rain?

5. Imagine Whirled Peace

This isn’t your typical cookies and cream mash up. Imagine Whirled Peace is a tasty a blend of sweet cream ice cream dressed in fudge, caramel and pieces of butter toffee cookies. The cookie’s irresistible chewy texture is what truly makes this flavor a top ten. The milk chocolate clusters that melt on your tongue don’t hurt either. This rare flavor combo isn’t enough to actually cause “world peace,” but it’s a peaceful down payment on happiness in a 16 oz cup

4. Everything But the…

This may be the biggest and baddest roller coaster in the Ice Cream carnival. Geer up for some twists and turns with this number. This is a flavor collision of both vanilla and chocolate ice cream, Heath Crunch Bars, peanut butter crunch, white chocolate chunks and fudge covered almonds. Who knew an ice cream could be so “detailed?

3. Banana Foster

This limited edition flavor is making waves in the ice cream lover community. Its smooth rich flavor is reminiscent of your mom’s original banana pudding recipe. With an authentic banana taste Banana Foster couples vanilla ice cream with real bananas into a warm sauce made of brown sugar, butter, dark rum and banana liquer. Not quite enough liquor to get you drunk, but just enough to give your taste buds a buzz.

2. Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Talk about theatrics. With rich chocolate ice cream packed with chewy chunks of real fudge brownie this ice cream is quite an entertainer. If you’ve ever wanted to put on a show for your taste buds this is the flavor to do it? This flavor is the probably closest experience to “I’ve-Died-and-Went-To-Willy- Wonka’s-Chocolate-Factory- Heaven” effect you will ever have in life.

1. White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

An unlikely yet seemingly flawless combination of white chocolate ice cream laced in fudge truffles and an all natural ribbon of raspberry. Unforgettable, unexpected and unparalleled. This is the kind of ice cream you’d want delivered to your doorstep at 1 AM. It is the sophisticated temptress of the ice cream nation. White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle is a mouthful of a name and a flavor. Its tangy punch of raspberries almost makes you feel less guilty for indulging in this 310 Calorie snack. After all, fruits are good for you right?

A person can make homemade ice cream shakes cheaper than purchasing them at your favorite local restaurant. When making your own milk shakes you can make them as thick or thin as you want, create your own unique flavors, and make them the size you want your milk shakes.

You can also make your own Blizzards or other types of novelty treats. These are not as hard to make as one would think. A little time and patience can create ice cream treats right in your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost.

Milk Shake Recipe

  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 6 to 8 scoops of ice cream (any flavor)
  • Blender
  • Glass

chocolate and strawberry milkshake

You will want to make sure the seal of your blender is in place before starting your milk shakes. When the seal on your blender is not properly in place, you will have a milk shake counter.

Add the 6 to 8 scoops of ice cream to the blender bowl. Add the 1/4 cup of milk. Put the lid on the blender bowl.
You will want to use the lower setting on your blender to mix the shake. You will want to mix until the consistency of a milk shake.

For a thicker shake: add more ice cream.

For a thinner shake: add more milk.

If you use vanilla ice cream as your base and you want to create different flavored shakes, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite ice cream toppings.

  • Fudge Topping
  • Pineapple Topping
  • Marshmallow Cream Topping
  • Strawberry Topping
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Nuts
  • Banana’s
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry

Novelty Blizzard Style Ice Cream Treats

With the novelty ice cream treats, you can add a wide variety of different fruits, candy bars or cookies to them.
You will start with the basic milk shake recipe listed above.

You will want to add 2 extra scoops to the milk shake recipe.

Blizzard Novelty Treats

These recipes are for one serving.

Banana Split

  • 1 banana
  • 4 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons crushed pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

banana splitCut a banana in half and cube one half.

Cut and quarter 4 strawberries.

Put the banana and strawberry pieces into the blender. You will blend until the fruits are in smaller chunks, about 3 to 5 seconds. Add the pineapple and chocolate syrup.

You will now add the milkshake ingredients plus two scoops of ice cream to the blender. Blend for 8 to 10 seconds or to the consistency of a thick milkshake.

Serve in a glass.

Cookie Blizzard

3 – 4 cookies Use your favorite kind of cookies for this one.

Crush the cookies in a plastic storage bag. About the size you will find in the bottom of a cookie bag.

Place cookie pieces in your blender.

You will now add the milkshake ingredients plus two scoops of ice cream to the blender. Blend for 8 to 10 seconds or to the consistency of a thick milkshake.

Candy Bar Blizzard

½ of your favorite candy bar cut into small chunks

Once you have your candy bar cut into small chunks, place in the blender and chop for 8 to 10 seconds.

You will now add the milkshake ingredients plus two scoops of ice cream to the blender. Blend for 8 to 10 seconds or to the consistency of a thick milkshake.

Now you have a few recipes to create your own homemade ice cream novelties for about half the cost of the ones purchased in fast food restaurants.