Homemade Ice Cream in a Coffee Can

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Serves: 2 cups
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1/2 can(s) rock salt
1 pt half and half
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c sugar
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp of your favorite flavor instant pudding mix
1/3 c fruit (such as, bananas, strawberries, peaches)
3 of your favorite cookies , crushed into pea-size pieces
1/4 c finely chopped nuts

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A great "family time" activity with a sweet reward at the end!
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Additional supplies needed: A 1 lb coffee can and a 3 lb coffee can.
Mix the first three basic ingredients together (not including rock salt) and pour into the one pound coffee can. Add flavorings if desired. Place the lid on securely and set inside the three pound can.
Add ice, and alternate layers of ice and salt outside the small can and inside the large can. When totally full, secure the lid on the large can. You may wish to add duct tape for good measure.
Now here comes the fun part! Place a sheet on the floor or wrap the can in a large towel. Let party guests roll the can back and forth for at least 10 minutes. Open the cans and check the ice cream.
If it is not starting to freeze, replace lids and roll 10 minutes more. The ice cream should be frozen to the sides and bottom of the can. If not thick enough, place in freezer and check every 10 minutes or so.
Note: This recipe can be effected by temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors, so make a trial run before attempting in a group setting.


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user cindy sandberg cindyLs - Mar 27, 2012
My kids have done this in zip lock bags. I like the coffee can idea better!
user gaynel mohler gaynel - Mar 28, 2012
this would be a fun activity for girl scouts or boy scouts. (I used to be a g s leader) and had a boy :)
user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Mar 28, 2012
I love these recipes. I hope to try soon
user lisa mickey gracielynn - Jul 16, 2013
yum & sounds fun..
user Bea L. BeachChic - Sep 1, 2013
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