Have you ever made homemade ice cream?
I can still recall the first time I attempted the task. Back then, I was a smiling fourth grader — eagerly shaking a Ziploc full of half and half, salt, and ice cubes in science class. If we rattled the baggie hard and long enough, my teacher told us, a chemical reaction would result in the creation of ice cream!
I remember the disappointment I felt when I swallowed a spoonful of the foamy substance at the end of class. My questionable concoction tasted nothing like the ice cream flavors I had come to know and love. Making tasty ice cream on your own, I realized, wasn’t as easy as I had originally thought.
These days, you can purchase ice cream makers to do the drill for you. The good news, though, is that you don’t really need one of these machines to be able to make delicious homemade ice cream. Forget the Ziploc baggies, too; all you need is some heavy cream, condensed milk, and vanilla extract — as well as a freezer to stick them in!
Check out the ingredients list and directions below to learn how to whip up a batch of scrumptious mermaid ice cream, with color-coated cones to match. Then, watch the video for more in-depth instructions. After you see how easy it is to make ice cream at home, you won’t want to head to the store every time you feel a craving coming on.
Do you know any kids who would love this mermaid-inspired sweet treat?
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- food coloring (four different hues)
- pearl-like sprinkles
- small, white sprinkles
- Pour the heavy cream into a large bowl, then beat until fluffy using an electric mixer or whisk.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract over the beaten cream. Fold in the ingredients with a rubber spatula.
- Divide the mixture into four bowls, then mix different shades of food coloring into each.
- Layer three bowls of the colored batter into a loaf pan.
- Run a knife through the batter in the pan, then smooth the top over.
- Top the batter with pearl-like sprinkles, then freeze until firm.
- Dip ice cream cones into the remaining bowl of batter and twist so it sticks around the outer rim. Then, add small, white sprinkles on top.
- Scoop the frozen batter and serve in the coated cones like ice cream.
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