National Ice Cream Month

For those of you with a sweet tooth, July is National Ice Cream Month. There couldn’t be a better month than July to celebrate this sweet treat! Josh and I like getting out own little pints and enjoying them together after dinner, or while we watch a movie or tv show in the evenings. Josh almost always gets Haagen-Dazs Rum Raisin and I  get some flavor of Ben&Jerry’s, usually Phish Food because it reminds me of my Phish loving older brother, Zach.

These were our choices this weekend: I had the Triple Caramel Chunk and Josh had his usual Haagen-Dazs Rum Raisin.

As a kid we made ice cream in a bag…which was pretty tasty AND a fun experiment. We each had our own bags and made our own treat.  Below is a recipe I found on Kaboose.

What you’ll need:

  • -1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
  • 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
  • Ice cubes
How to Make the Ice Cream:
  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
  4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
  5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more that that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

So, go pick out your favorite flavor..or better yet, make your own…and enjoy a cool treat during this hot month of July.


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