How to Make Homemade Ice Cream


Let’s face it- it’s not always rainbows and unicorns when you bring your children to work with you. Especially on Florida days that are excruciatingly hot! Sometimes you have to encourage best behavior with a tiny bribe (and there’s no shame in that!).

“I promise this is the last house. I know it’s hot outside. If you be extra good, we can make ice cream when we get home.” (Nothing like the potential of ice cream to sweeten the deal!)

Notice I said “make” there.

And yes, I do mean homemade.

Sure, buying ice cream is easier.


How to make vanilla ice cream

But knowing exactly where your food comes from with the ability to pronounce everything in it is always preferred in my book. Plus its something we can make together as a family.

My Grandad used to have this machine he would whip out on special occasions to churn ice cream from scratch. It always felt like it took forever but is a special memory I hold dear.

Wanting to create a similar memory for my helpful stinkers, I’ve put together this super easy recipe that is quick and delish.




  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup Half & Half Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Ice cream salt
  • Quart size Ziploc bag
  • Gallon size Ziploc bag



  1. Pour the Cream, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract into the Quart size bag.
  2. Squeeze all of the air out of the bag.
  3. Put the ice cubes and ice cream salt into the Gallon size bag.
  4. Place the Quart size bag into the Gallon size bag.
  5. Shake for 7(ish) minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

How to make homemade vanilla ice cream from scratch

That’s it?!?

That’s it. Simple, easy, delicious homemade ice cream in less than 10 minutes. Total cost was about $3. And there should be a ton of leftover ingredients, which will allow you to make more! 


What’s your favorite quick + easy snack that you can make as a family?

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