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Coffee Can Ice Cream: An Easy and Delicious Craft

Updated on November 26, 2018

Home made iced cream - easy and delicious

I Scream for Ice Cream

This is a great activity if you have a small group and are in the mood for ice cream and want to have some fun. It is recommended that this be done outside - in an open area, preferably smooth and flat. You can also do this inside, but I would recommend setting down a tarp and having access to a sink so you can drain your coffee cans when the ice melts...or an open door so you can water your lawn or garden.

As for the small plastic bags - you might want to use the zipper ones that seal tightly. You will place the main ice cream ingredients in the bags and then place the filled bags into the coffee cans with ice in them.

Rock salt isn't a necessary ingredient, but recommended because it will help keep the ice colder longer. Once you have sealed the cans with the ice and bags in them, the participants can roll the cans back and forth. If you have kids, you can make a game out of it and might want to have some music. Adults can do this too of course.

Some persons may want to use gloves because the cans become very cold. Periodically, you will have to empty the melted ice out of the cans and add new cubes. This is why it is better done outdoors.

You will want to be very careful as well because with water around, the floor can get slippery and you don't want anyone to get hurt.

I hope the directions for this are easy to follow. Please offer any comments or questions you may have.

Ingredients - The Stuff You Will Need

For each batch:

1 Large Coffee Can with Lid

1 Smaller Coffee Can with Lid

One plastic bag - (zip lock style)

Ice - quite a bit

Rock Salt (optional but recommended)

1 Cup of Milk

1 cup of Half and Half

1/4 Sugar (might want to go less if you wish)

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Flavored syrup (if wanted)

Other additions (candies, nuts, fruits - for flavor)

Can in Can

The smaller can should fit in the larger one if you choose this option
The smaller can should fit in the larger one if you choose this option

You can use a can in a can or a bag in a can

It really is up to you if you want to choose the can in the can option

or put the bag in the can

The bag is more convenient if you don't have cans around and it might be easier to get the ice cream out.

Plus it just seems more sanitary.

But it is up to you

Get Your Ingredients ready first

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1 cup of half and half1 Cup of Milk1/4 Cup of Sugar1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 cup of half and half
1 cup of half and half
1 Cup of Milk
1 Cup of Milk
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

First Steps

1) Pour the milk, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla (and other ingredients) into a plastic bag or small can.

2) Seal the bag or small can and place it in the larger one.

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if you are using the can, place everything in the smaller can and seal with tape (recommended)
if you are using the can, place everything in the smaller can and seal with tape (recommended)
if you are using the can, place everything in the smaller can and seal with tape (recommended)


3) Add the ice and rock salt.

The rock salt is recommended because it helps keep the ice cooler for a longer period of time. Your ice will last longer.

4) Place a cover on the larger can.

5) Roll the can back and forth across the floor with your partners.

Your Ice Cream Will Be Ready Soon

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The Middle Steps

6) Check the can every ten minutes or so. Pour out any excess water.

7) Check the bag and mix it or check the smaller can and stir ingredients.

8) Replace the bag or smaller can. Add more ice and salt. Cover.

9) Repeat for 20 - 30 minutes)

Get Ready to enjoy

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You can add desired flavoringsScoop it out
You can add desired flavorings
You can add desired flavorings
Scoop it out
Scoop it out

The Final Step

10) Scoop it into a dish or a cone.

11) If desired add toppings.

12) Enjoy!!!

Just one question

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