I’m not sure about you guys, but ice cream has always been my go-to treat for when I want to cool off during the summer time. I’ll never forget the long days I spent working at a convenient store in Ocean City, Maryland, where we were allowed one free ice cream cone…per day. I think that’s where the cravings started. Now it’s just so hard to resist that creamy double scoop of mint chocolate chip with sprinkles. On a waffle cone of course.
National ice cream day is coming up on July 17, so don’t miss out on the festivities! Or should I say, freebies? Baskin Robins is scooping up free waffle cones this year in addition to Carvel, where you can buy one soft-serve cup or cone of any size or flavor and get one free at participating locations.
In honor of this magical day that falls on a lazy Sunday this year, why not make some ice cream of your own? I can’t think of a more fun and kid friendly activity, and you don’t even have to leave the house! Even better, it is something that the whole family can enjoy. This ice cream recipe also doubles as a science experiment because it clearly demonstrates the phase changes of matter through chemical reaction. I can’t think of any reason not give it a try!
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
⅛ teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons chocolate chips
5 cups crushed ice
¾ cup rock salt or table salt
1 gallon sized zip top bag
1 quart sized zip top bag
Simply pour your ingredients into the quart sized bag and close. Make sure the bag is tightly sealed.
Fill the gallon sized bag with crushed ice and rock salt.
Put the smaller bag with the cream into the ice filled gallon sized bag. Make sure this bag is tightly sealed as well.
Now it’s time to shake and squeeze the bag to make ice cream. Our hands got pretty cold doing this step since it takes about 10 minutes for the ice cream to form.
After 10 minutes, your ice cream will be ready to eat! You can just grab a spoon and eat it out of the bag or put it in a bowl and eat as you would traditional ice cream.