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Homemade Ice Cream in a Coffee Can


I've made this homemade ice cream several times while camping and the kids love making it and eating it.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 1-pound coffee can with lid
  • 1 3-pound coffee can with lid
  • 1 pint of half and half (milk can be used instead)
  • 1 egg, beaten (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, or 1/4 cup of strawberries


Add all of the above ingredients to the 1 pound coffee can; mix well. Put the lid on the coffee can and secure with duct tape. Place the 1 pound coffee can into the 3 pound coffee can. Surround with crushed ice and rock salt and place the lid onto the 3 pound coffee can.

Have your kids sit on the ground and roll back and forth 3 to 4 feet apart. Roll for 8 to 10 minutes. (The kids can kick the can back and forth as well.)

Check to see if the ice cream is hard; if it isn't, replace the lid, add more ice and rock salt. Roll for another 8 mins.

Remove the lid to the 1 pound can and serve in bowls.
Serves 4-6 people.

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