Coffee Can Ice Cream

Hi Everyone! Heather here from The Caterpillar Years, sharing a fun, summer treat that your kids can make themselves!

Growing up, my family went camping a lot, and this was one of my favorite treats to make while camping—coffee can ice cream! Whether you’re in the wilderness or your backyard, this is an easy, and fun summer
snack-tivity to do with your kids!

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Your kid-powered ice cream maker is made with two metal coffee cans—a small one (about 12 oz) and a large one (about 48oz), and five simple ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Half-n-Half (or coconut milk creamer for dairy free ice cream!)
  • 2Tbs – ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar – Add a little at a time and taste your mixture.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Crushed Ice – about 6 cups
  • Rock Salt

Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids!

STEP 1

Add the half-n-half, sugar, and vanilla to the small coffee can. Mix and taste. Adjust sugar to taste. When your mixture tastes right, put the lid on. Make sure it’s tight!

TIP: To speed up the ice cream-making process, make sure your ingredients are cold! I like to put my half-n-half in the freezer for an hour or two before hand.

Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids!

STEP 2

Place the small, sealed coffee can inside the large coffee can. Fill in the space around the small coffee can with the crushed ice and salt. Put the lid on the large coffee can. Make sure it’s tight!

TIP: Duct tape works great to fix leaky lids!

Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids! Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids!

STEP 3

Roll the can back and forth for 15-20 minutes.

Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids!

Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids!

STEP 4

Remove the small can from the large can and scoop out your delicious treat! Serve in bowls or on cones. Eat, and enjoy!

TIP: Making ice cream with this method will produce a soft set, so be ready to go with your serving tools as soon as the kids are done rolling the can. If you want a firmer set, pop the small can in the freezer for an hour or two before serving.

Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids! Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids! Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids!

That’s all there is to it! An easy and fun summer activity that produces a delicious snack! Happy summer!!

Coffee Can Ice Cream - A summer snack-tivity to do with your kids!

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Coffee Can Ice Cream

Course Dessert
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Half-n-Half or coconut milk creamer for dairy free ice cream!
  • 2 Tbs - ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar - Add a little at a time and taste your mixture.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Crushed Ice - about 6 cups
  • Rock Salt

Instructions
 

  • Add the half-n-half, sugar, and vanilla to the small coffee can. Mix and taste. Adjust sugar to taste. When your mixture tastes right, put the lid on. Make sure it's tight!
  • Place the small, sealed coffee can inside the large coffee can. Fill in the space around the small coffee can with the crushed ice and salt. Put the lid on the large coffee can. Make sure it's tight!
  • Roll the can back and forth for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the small can from the large can and scoop out your delicious treat! Serve in bowls or on cones. Eat, and enjoy!

Heather

Hi I'm Heather, a graphic designer turned full-time mom to two little girls, ages six and four. I'm ecstatic to be a contributor here on Yellow Bliss Road, where I'll be writing about DIY projects, free printables and fun crafts to do with the littles in your life. You can find more fun activities on my blog, The Caterpillar Years. Thanks for reading!

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  1. What a great idea!!! Kids are going to love this!! Love the polka dot cans…super cute!! Thanks for the awesome idea 🙂