Make The BEST Homemade Ice Cream This Summer

I recently made the rounds of making the big road trip from Southern California up to Utah and Idaho to visit our family members. I have seven siblings and thankfully we were able to see all of them and my parents on this trip. We have 44 members of our extended family on my side, and as much as I LOVE doing the huge group reunions and parties, I also love spending a couple days at each person’s house that live up there to get that quality one on one time to connect. It’s fun to see what a day in the life is like for some of my siblings and their families.

One reason I really love this is to see the recipes their families make and enjoy and of course food is always one of the connecting parts we remember. Dinners together at the table or outside for a picnic, treats to make together and share, etc. My sister Heather always goes all out when we come visit and she loves showing me all her latest tips and tricks for easy and delicious meals and she always makes fun treats for the kids.

She also happens to have the world’s best homemade ice cream recipe that is from her mother-in-law. It is a famous recipe for their local church group and the bishop always made this ice cream for a youth girl’s camp year after year. I can see why it is always so highly requested! It has simple ingredients, but yields the richest, creamiest homemade ice cream.

If you don’t have a homemade ice cream maker, I think it would be something fun to consider purchasing if you can afford to. It is so fun to try different flavors like a refreshing strawberry, or blueberry cheesecake crumble or mint chocolate chip.

The prices for a simple one on Amazon that spins around with the ice and rock salt surrounding it start at about $35 and go up to over $200. My sister bought the “Cuisinart Cool Creations” ice cream maker, that doesn’t use any ice or salt and makes soft serve ice cream in 30 minutes on your countertop. While it was really cool and convenient and did a great job, I don’t think it is worth the $150 price tag. I don’t mind sticking with the much more affordable rock salt and ice variety :) Not to mention it only made about half the ice cream. So we had to make this beloved recipe in two batches.

Don’t Forget To Use “Soften” Setting on Microwave

My sister said they always soften their leftover ice cream in the microwave on the “soften ice cream” setting and I always forget to do this. To be honest I have this memory from my childhood of staying at my friend’s house overnight and her mom was getting ready to dish us up the world’s best ice cream, Schwann’s Burnt Almond Fudge, so she popped it in the microwave to soften it and the next thing I know, she’s pouring the whole tube of precious melted ice cream down the drain! It’s one of the few childhood memories I have of sleepovers when I was young, so it must have been pretty traumatic to me ha!

I love this recipe because it is a basic rich chocolate flavor, but you can add mix-ins to make it other flavors. Our favorite mix-in is crushed up Oreos, but you can do anything from Kit-Kats to Reese’s to Snickers or Butterfingers. You could even use vanilla pudding instead of chocolate and add in chopped fruit like strawberries. Whatever sounds great to you. I had to include the hot fudge recipe that goes with it because it really takes this ice cream to a whole new level! It makes it absolutely sinful!

Do you have an ice cream maker at home or would you consider purchasing one? What is your favorite flavor of homemade ice cream? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Best Homemade Ice Cream Ever!

Serving size: 12
Calories per serving: 526

1 cup sour cream
2 cups sugar
1 can evaporated milk
2 small boxes instant chocolate pudding
1 quart half and half
1 quart heavy whipping cream
4 cookies crushed

1. In blender, mix sour cream, sugar and pudding mixes and blend well.
2. Add evaporated milk, blend.
3. Add half and half, blend.
4. Pour mixture into ice cream maker, then add heavy whipping cream.
5. Freeze, adding cookies during the last 10 minutes.
6. Substitute vanilla pudding and strawberries, or 2 cups brownies cut into cubes, and 1 cup hot fudge topping, or 2 cups toasted pecans and maple flavoring, or 4 cups chopped candy bars (Snickers or peanut butter cups). Makes 6 quarts.

Recipe formatted with the Cook'n Recipe Software from DVO Enterprises.

Add Recipe to Cook'n

Hot Fudge Sauce

This tastes great on ice cream, cake, scones, a spoon, your finger and probably even a stick!

Serving size: 12
Calories per serving: 292

2 cups milk
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 tbsp. cocoa
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter.
2. Mix dry ingredients and add to milk and melted butter.
3. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until to starts to thicken.
4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
5. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe formatted with the Cook'n Recipe Software from DVO Enterprises.

Add Recipe to Cook'n

    Mary Richardson
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
    Email the author!


Subscribe to Cook'n Premium and get newsletter articles like this each week!

blog comments powered by Disqus