Coffee Can Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings

Nothing brings back memories of lazy, carefree summer days as a kid like making (and eating!) homemade ice cream. And the best part is, you don't need a fancy expensive ice cream maker to do it. Save that empty coffee can and you'll have a refreshing and delicious warm weather activity any kid (or adult) will love to help pass the dog days of summer. 


  • 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

Steps to Make It

  1. Add all of the 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 can. Surround with crushed ice and rock salt and place the lid on the 3-pound coffee can.

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

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