One of my kid’s favorite things to do is go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt. They love the places where you serve yourself, top it yourself, and pay by the ounce. I kind of hate those places because they always get gross combos, and waste half of their ice cream, so I feel like I just wasted $25 on ice cream we threw away. But they love it, so we go.
But why spend $25 on ice cream when the best ice cream can be made at home?
We love all ice cream: Raspberry Nutella Swirl, S’mores, and more. But backyard ice cream is my kid’s favorite. It is fun to make, easy to customize, and the kids get really into it. (No machine required.) Plus it tastes great, cold, sweet, and creamy, the way ice cream should.
It is Eazy Peazy! All you need is: 1 quart sized freezer bag, and one gallon sized per person, ice, salt, cream, vanilla, and sugar
And toppings. How can I forget the toppings?
We had a big flood in our house, and have been living in close quarters as we repair the damage in the basement, so we have had some short tempers and not so fun moments. Our family needed some fun.
So I set up an ice cream bar, complete with all the favorite toppings. I went to Wal-Mart, because with Wal-Mart’s everyday low prices it was much more affordable than an ice cream shop, and just as fun. I picked up cones, sprinkles, candies, and of course something to help clean up all the drips down chins and tummies.
I used a simple recipe to make the ice cream mixture and put it in individual portions in quart bags. Then got bigger bags (gallon) and filled them half way with ice, and added a generous scoop of rock salt. The salt helps bring the temperature down faster, helping the ice cream mixture to freeze after only a few minutes of shaking. Table salt works too. Then I put the bag with the ice cream mix in the bag of ice and salt.
Backyard Ice Cream Bar with Wet-Nap
- Ice Half a gallon sized bag
- 6-8 Tbs Rock salt
- 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tbs Sugar
- Put ice cream ingredients in quart sized bag and seal.
- Fill gallon sized bag half way with ice, and add about half a cup of rock salt.
- Place ice cream mix bag into bag with ice and salt, and seal gallon sized bag.
- Shake until ice cream reaches desired consistency.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
When the ice cream gets hard (more like soft serve), we let them head to the toppings bar to top as they saw fit.
Then we sat down and enjoyed. And as kids do, they enjoyed with wreckless abandon, and got covered. Hair, hands, faces… you name it! So we kept the fun going with a fast and easy clean-up using Wet-Nap Packets/Wipes.
I found these handy packets in the napkin aisle at Wal-Mart. They are super convenient, really soft on little faces, and are strong. Plus they have a aloe moisturizer! Big win for me with little ones. And they are totally affordable.
My Wal-Mart had them for under $2, and Wet-Nap offers a coupon for $.55 off any product, which you can find here. (While Supplies Last). So with tax it was only about $1.50 for the box! You should definitely pick some up if you are making Backyard Ice Cream.
We had a blast! Backyard Ice Cream is a summer tradition. I think adding the Wet-Nap wipes to the line up will now be part of that tradition as well.