Homemade Ice Cream Party

There is nothing that screams summertime more than ice cream. Here in South Florida, the only way to the beat the heat is with popsicles and sundaes. All our “freckled” children share a passion for ice cream. My sisters and I love to take the kids to the ice cream store. It is an easy field trip and an instant crowd pleaser. Cold Stone Creamery is down the street from us and is by far one of their favorite ice cream stores. They love picking out all their favorite toppings and watching as they mix them all together.  So today we are going to be making “do it yourself” homemade ice cream mixing our toppings just like at Cold Stone Creamery!  This is a super cute and easy way to make homemade ice cream with your kids.  They can pick out all their favorite toppings and mix them all together.  This is easily my favorite DIY thus far on Forever Freckled. It was easy enough for the younger kids to do but engaging enough for my 7 year old as well.  The best part is that it is easy and there is very little clean up (well, besides the part when you get to eat your work)! This is such a cute idea for a summer birthday party or after camp play date.


What you need:

Mason Jars with tops

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons white sugar

1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Toppings galore

What To Do:

  1. Combine the cream, sugar, vanilla, and salt into the mason jar. Make sure to secure the lid on tightly.
  2. Under supervision, let the kids shake the mason jars until the cream starts to thicken. It usually takes about 3 to 4 minutes. You should be left with a slightly thicker consistency.
  3. Let your children add all their favorite toppings into the mason jar
  4. Place in the freezer for about an 1 hour. When the consistency is a little harder but you are still able to stir, mix the toppings around so they do not settle on the bottom
  5. Freeze for another 2 hours, or until your ice cream has hardened. Our kids ate it straight out of the mason jars but you can scoop out, add some extra toppings, and serve.


For the advanced DIY mom.  We actually started this DIY attempting to make ice cream in a ziplock bag.  I only recommend this DIY if your kids are a little older. In order for the ice cream to harden, it takes 15 minutes of shaking the bags. It was too hard and cold for the little ones to shake, so it became my job. After about 10 minutes my arms were tired and the ice cream was not hard enough.

For the health conscious DIY mom.  I have to admit that as fun as the homemade ice cream is, the aftermath of the sugar crash and temper tantrum was not. The quickest way to avoid this is to switch the toppings to different fruit toppings. Of course you can substitute the heavy whipping cream for a low fat alternative and change out the sugar for all natural sweetener. I love this healthy chunky monkey ice cream from allrecipes.com.

For the teacher in all of us.  There are so many hidden science lessons in DIY ice cream. For the toddlers, it is great way to introduce the different states of matter, the differences between liquids and solids, and how temperature changes the consistency.  For the older children, I definitely recommend trying the DIY ice cream in a bag. It is an incredible way to talk about freezing points and how salt changes the temperature at which water will freeze. Trust me, you don’t need to be a scientist or teacher to get your kids excited about science and learning.  There are so many resources out there that provide fun and easy experiments with corresponding teaching points.  I love this one from science buddies.  They have all sorts of fun projects!

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