Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? My discovery of this holiday came at a perfect time, as the weather in Olympia is finally getting hotter! July might almost be over, but take advantage of the last few days to eat some ice cream, and teach your children about a holiday they are sure to love.
Here’s a little background on this delicious holiday. According to Wikipedia, Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month in 1984. Reagan recognized the immense popularity of ice cream in the United States and thought the holiday should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Apparently 90% of the people in the United States consume ice cream.
What better kid-friendly activity to celebrate National Ice Cream Month than making homemade ice cream? It is easy, fun, inexpensive and extremely tasty! In fact you probably have almost all the ingredients on hand already.
Here is what you need:
1 cup half and half (We like to use 1/2 cup half and half and 1/2 cup whipping cream)
2 T sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup rock salt (The local Safeway on Yelm Hwy carries Icecream Salt which works perfectly!)
Ice cubes (you need enough to fill each bag approximately half full)
Quart-sized and gallon-sized ziploc bags
Combine, half and half (and whipping cream if you are using it), sugar and vanilla extract in the quart size bag. Make sure to seal it tightly.
Place salt and ice in the gallon size bag. Then place quart-size bag into the gallon-sized bag. Seal tightly.
Shake bags for at least 5 minutes or until mixture hardens. The bags will get really cold!
Remove the smaller bag from the larger one. Open and dig in! You can eat right out of the bag for less mess. For extra fun, add toppings such as strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, etc…
** Makes about 1 cup of icecream.
This will be one activity your children are sure to love. Happy eating!
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