We love making homemade ice-cream and this has to be one of my all time favorite recipes. It tastes AMAZing! The kiddos really like to help make it, too! But, I love that I can turn this into a mini math lesson at the same time. I have adjusted all the ingredients to be divisible by 2/3 and so any kiddo can scoop out the ingredients using a 2/3 or 1/3 measuring cup plus a Tablespoon (;-) just for one ingredient).
If homemade ice cream seems a little too overwhelming, you can always turn it into a fun activity by having the kiddos make a smaller amount by hand using this homemade ice cream in a bag recipe!
What You Need:
- 2/3 or 1/3 measuring cup
- 1 Tablespoon
- 2 2/3 Cup heavy cream
- 1 1/3 Cup whole milk
- 2/3 Cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 Cup + 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Fresh or frozen fruit – we love raspberries
- Dark chocolate chips – we went with a square chunk in the pics, but any size works great
- Ice Cream Maker (<– affiliate links –>)- we love our Cuisinart
- Bowl or mixer
Step 1: Prep: Prepare your ice cream maker as necessary ahead of time. Our machine needs 12+ hours (24 is better) in the freezer to get really cold. We also like to lightly premix our base and let it chill for 1-2 hours before we are ready to mix it. The ice cream seems to form a lot faster, but of course it still works without prep.
Step 2: In a separate bowl combine sugars, cocoa and milk. Stir for a couple of minutes until they are mixed well. Then stir in the heavy cream and refrigerate until ready to use. Stirring it all together in a bowl first helps it mix well a ton.
Step 3: When you are ready add your ice cream base to your ice cream machine and mix until you reach desired thickness. I like to add the salt a few minutes before we stop the machine if it tastes like it needs it, but most of the time I skip it.
Step 4: Top with your favorite fruit and chocolate chip or chocolate chunks.
I tried it with both fresh and frozen raspberries and I think I actually like the frozen raspberries better since they were a little crunchy. All personal preference!
We also decided our ice cream is better topped with fruit and chocolate than mixed in because the fruit gets blended to well and the chocolate gets hidden.
Making it Educational – Tips:
- You can use the 1/3 measuring cup to practice fractions or keep it simple with a 2/3 measuring cup to keep it easier for younger children.