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🍦 Start a new tradition with fast, easy, homemade ice cream

Ice cream maker
Make memories when you make homemade ice cream during your meal.

Who knew a simple ice cream maker can become a staple, not just at summer parties, but all year long?

Make homemade ice cream in just thirty-five minutes to see the best smiles. Just a few ingredients and you have vanilla ice cream. It’s rich, sweet, and made on the spot. As folks sit down to a potluck, start the machine, add your mix and have ice cream when the crowd is ready for dessert.

Kids young and old alike love fresh, homemade ice cream, so it’s often requested. It certainly easy to accommodate.

Today, ice cream is easy to make. No ice. No hand-cranking. The new ice cream makers use freezable gel liner bowls. Just freeze 1-2 days ahead of time, mix four ingredients together, and pour. Makes a great gift too! Share on X

🍨 It transfers well. If it will be a couple of hours before you eat, put the liner in the freezer on arrival.

🍨 It’s inexpensive. Right now, you can get one on Amazon for $39 (*affiliate link).

🍨 The recipe is easy. And easy to adapt. You can keep it simple or get more fancy by making a custard say, for Rum Raisin. Shave some chocolate to mix in. Try a fruit sorbet; plum is really good.

🍨 Machines are sturdy and last for years.

🍨 It’s easy. Plug in, pour ingredients, and serve in thirty-five minutes.

As you plan your summer holidays, add homemade ice cream to your parties, sit back and watch the excitement. Need a gift for Father’s Day? Make Dad a hero. A great gift for the person who has everything. A super plus for kids, but, in my experience, the adults really enjoy homemade ice cream too.

Here’s a recipe for vanilla ice cream so you can see how easy it is. Make sure to check your machine for recipes that come with it.

Start a new tradition. Give the youngest or newest guest the ice cream paddle for a special moment. Have the camera ready.

UPDATE: I found this Cook’s Illustrated Best Buy, the Cuisinart ice cream maker. The current price is higher than on their post, about $66 now.

Electric ice cream maker

Vanilla Ice Cream

Delicious home-made ice cream is easy and requested at parties for kids and adults alike.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 ice cream maker


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, well chilled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
  • 1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract, to taste
  • 14 tsp Xanthan gum


  • In quart jar with tight-fitting lid (Mason jars are great for this), combine milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in heavy cream and vanilla to taste. Close and shake jar vigorously before adding to ice cream maker.
  • Turn on machine (make sure gel pack insert has been frozen at least 24 hours prior). Pour mixture into the freezer bowl through the ingredient port.
  • Let mix until thickened – approximately 25-35 minutes.


Note: Xanthan gum provides a little thickener for the ice cream. Try it without and see how it works for you.
Find ice cream makers on Amazon (affiliate link)
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Don’t be discouraged if you want to make ice cream when you aren’t near an electric outlet. Choose an ice cream ball that you toss around the campfire for twenty-five minutes to make your ice cream treat (*affiliate link).

*Affiliate link: If you purchase when you click the link, I may receive some cents (I could use more of the other sense…), but you will NOT pay anymore for the product.

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