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Simple Homemade Ice Cream

July 3, 2017

The laid back days of summertime are here, and we love finding new ways break up the day with some fun, kid friendly activities. Lately we’ve been hooked on this old school recipe for homemade ice cream! This classic recipe is always a crowd favorite, and adding our own twist with strawberries and basil finishings make it the perfect sunny day treat . Anyone can make it, and it only takes a few ingredients— you don’t even need an ice cream maker. The best part of this is that the clean up is easy, so parents, we promise you’ll appreciate the minimal mess.

|  I N G R E D I E N T S  |

2 cups of half and half

2 ½ tbsp sugar

¾ tsp vanilla

1 vanilla bean

1 sandwich sized plastic bag

1 gallon sized plastic bag

5 cups of crushed ice

1 ½ cups of rock salt

1 cup of minced strawberries

½ cup of basil



Combine the half and half, vanilla bean, vanilla and sugar into a small plastic sandwich bag. If you’re making this with kids, give each person a different ingredient to measure. Using a sharp knife, cut open the vanilla bean and scrape out the insides.




Next, make sure your bag is tightly sealed, and turn it over a couple of times. This will ensure all of your ingredients are blended evenly.




Place the ice and rock salt in the larger plastic bag.




Place your sealed small ingredients bag into the rock salt bag and seal the larger bag. Gently squeeze the large bag around the smaller. You’re trying to expose the liquid ingredients to the rock salt, so that it will harden. If you’re nervous about messes, we recommend double bagging! Be careful both bags are sealed tightly, and the ice cream will begin to thicken in 20 minutes.




Once the ice cream has thickened, discard your ice bag. Take your small ingredients bag and throw in your cut strawberries. You can put your ice cream into a bowl, or it’s fun to grab a spoon and eat right out of the bag! For a little extra color, garnish with basil.



We hope this recipe makes for a fun summer afternoon with the kids! We’d love to see how yours turns out – tag us @magnolia in your posts, and comment below if you like seeing recipes on the blog!

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  • Karina Tuazon
    2:22 pm, July 20, 2017
    Yes, please keep the recipes coming! They help fill in the in-between time with the issues of magazines! I'd love a printable of this to take with us camping over Labor Day. This would be a great kid activity to do together!
  • Jill Ganger
    5:27 pm, July 19, 2017
    Love the recipe's, keep them coming ♡
  • Cathy Lee Astuto
    6:35 pm, July 17, 2017
    The ice cream is wonderful, delicious! I sprinkled a bit of brown sugar on top and will try the recipe with peaches. Thank you again Magnolia Home
  • Bev Baio
    4:38 am, July 13, 2017
    Are the paper mache veggies for sale?
  • CC
    7:04 am, July 12, 2017
    Hey Jo,
    Could you please explain what half and half is? Im from Australia.
    • CS
      1:25 pm, July 12, 2017
      Half and half is half cream and half milk.
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