Homemade Ice Cream

Love this one because it’s a snack, and an activity.  And, let’s be honest, girls come out of the woodwork for homemade ice cream.

I let the girls help me make the recipe, and we throw it in the ice cream maker at the beginning of the evening.  We do our games/lesson while it is freezing, and then enjoy made-to-order sundaes at the end!

(Admittedly, once we didn’t allow enough freezing time and ended up with make-shift, made-to-order milkshakes.  We rolled with it. 🙂 )

Cuisinart has awesome recipes for every homemade ice cream/sorbet/smoothie you could ever dream of!  We use the basic chocolate and work off of that:

  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (your favorite), broken into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 c. heavy cream, well chilled
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Heat the whole milk until it is just bubbling around the edges (on stovetop or microwave).  In a blender or food processor, pulse to process the sugar with the chocolate until the chocolate is very finely chopped. Add the hot milk and process until well blended and smooth.  Transfer to a medium bowl and let the chocolate mixture cool completely.  Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla to taste.  Chill for 30 minutes or longer.

If you have a Cuisinart ice cream-maker, you just turn the machine on, pour the mixture into the freezer bowl and let it mix until it’s thickened/frozen (about 30 mins)!

From this recipe, you can make chocolate almond, chocolate cookie, chocolate fudge brownie, and chocolate marshmallow swirl variations!

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