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Homemade Ice Cream

By Katy Sommerfield

Let’s go all the way back to your elementary school science class. Do you remember how special it was to conduct fun and interesting experiments back then?

Making goop, volcanoes, and elephant toothpaste had every little kid excited to come to school and learn.
The science teacher was like a superhero when they would reveal how each experiment worked, and it had every student on the edge of their seats. There was no other class like science class back in the day. 


Today we’re going to travel back in time to the science classroom and make another cool and edible experiment: homemade ice cream! Did you ever make homemade ice cream in science class? You might remember how much fun it was to taste your own concoctions and get a sweet treat out of learning. Well, get ready to have some more fun with this vanilla ice cream recipe!

This recipe for vanilla homemade ice cream takes only three ingredients and tastes like nostalgia. Plus, it’s customizable! If you want to try different flavors besides vanilla, scroll down to see what fun ingredients and flavors you can add. 

This experiment is a great way to get the family together and spend some quality time in the kitchen. Nothing brings people together more than food, so grab the kids and go to the kitchen because it’s time to make some ice cream!

Vanilla Homemade Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk, chilled
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Step One

First, get out a medium-sized mixing bowl and an electric mixer. Whip the chilled heavy cream in the bowl until peaks form. 

Step Two

Next, mix in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract on low speed. Once you’ve mixed the three ingredients together, pour the mixture into a resealable container and cover it with plastic wrap to seal. 

Step Three

Freeze the mixture for at least six hours, or overnight for best results. Now your ice cream is ready to be devoured!

To make any other flavors, all you have to do is add new ingredients in the second step! Here are some flavor ideas for you to try out with the family:


Add ¾ cup of sifted cocoa powder and 4 oz of cooled, melted chocolate to the ice cream mixture. 

Cookies and Cream

Add 15 coarsely chopped oreo cookies to the ice cream mixture.

Blueberry Swirl 

Cook 2 cups of fresh blueberries with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until the blueberries burst. Chill the blueberry compote before adding to the ice cream mixture. 


Add 10 crushed graham crackers, 1 chopped Hershey’s bar, and ½ cup of marshmallow fluff to the ice cream mixture. 

Cinnamon Roll

Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to the ice cream mixture. 

Making this homemade ice cream recipe is a great way to bring the family together to do something fun. The kids will love trying out different flavors, and you’ll love spending quality time together in the kitchen. Which flavors will you try together? 

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