One of my favorite parts of warmer weather is getting to enjoy delicious homemade ice cream. Making ice cream has become a special tradition for our family for years. The summer after my husband and I married, we ate so much homemade ice cream that it could have been our part time job! But sometimes the trouble of getting the ice and salt ready for a traditional ice cream maker is more than I am willing to do!
An Easier Way to Make Homemade Ice Cream
However, several years ago, I found an awesome little counter-top Ice cream maker by Cuisinart and making homemade ice cream has forever changed for me! Now, you might say this is the lazy woman’s way out, but this little appliance has made making ice cream a breeze! My ice cream maker only makes 1.5 quarts of ice cream at a time, so it isn’t quite as big as I would like, but having an extra bowl is a great way to make sure you have enough ice cream (and maybe another flavor)!
An Easier Recipe for Homemade Ice Cream
I used to be intimidated by homemade ice cream recipes because so many of them call for eggs and I was unsure of how they would turn out. But before I was married, I was given a wonderful recipe for ice cream that is super simple and can be altered to make just about any kind of flavor that you can imagine and… NO EGGS!!!
I use this recipe all the time (it’s pretty much the only recipe I use)! I love experimenting with different ingredients to try to re-create some of my favorite treats! But, my oldest son and I are very partial to the Cherry Chocolate Chip version! You just HAVE to try it!
Try out this simple recipe and I think you will be hooked! And just maybe you might need a handy little counter-top ice cream maker of your own! This recipe is for 4 quart ice cream freezers. If using a 1.5 quart counter top maker like mine, you can half the recipe.
Easy Homemade Ice Cream
- Ice Cream Freezer
- 1 box, small instant pudding, flavor of choice IF USING A 1.5 QT COUNTER-TOP ICE CREAM MAKER, CUT EACH INGREDIENT IN HALF.
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- milk of your choice if using a 4 qt ice cream freezer, you may need up to 14 cups of milk
- If using a 1.5 qt ice cream maker, half the ingredients of this recipe. If using a 6 qt ice cream maker, use a large box of instant pudding, 1.5 cups of heavy cream, and 1.5- 2 cups of sugar.
- Begin by mixing the first 5 ingredients with 2 cups of milk until mix thru
- Pour the above mixture into your ice cream freezer.
- Add milk to your ice cream freezer's fill line.
- Be sure to taste your mixture to make sure it is sweet enough to your liking.
The variations of this recipe are endless! Allow your imagination to create all kinds of yummy treats! One time I melted chocolate and tossed it with toasted coconut to imitate Kilwin’s toasted coconut ice cream. It was wonderful!!!
This could be such a fun way to add a little special to your Summer (or Spring…. or Fall…. or Winter with the fire going!?! Ice cream is always great!)
Make a Memory!
I just love this idea by The Better Mom about having a family Ice Cream Making Workshop! What I great idea for summer fun, we may just have to try this one!!!
Have a Party!
It would be super easy to turn this into an awesome ice cream party! Just make several varieties of ice cream, add toppings (don’t forget colorful sprinkles!) and these adorable ice cream cups and spoons and maybe this cute little banner (I could go on and on!)! And, Voila’! Instant Party!
I hope you have fun making your own varieties of delicious homemade ice cream! Let me know what your favorite is in the comments below! And I would love for you to sign up for my newsletter. I’ll keep you up to date with all of the happening here at The Sweetest Part!