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    Homemade Ice Cream in a Coffee Can

    Homemade Ice Cream in a Coffee Can. Photo by Chef #1803310904

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    "Food:The Way To Anyone's Heart"'s Note:

    I ran across this recipe and thought this would be a fun family activity. I received an ice cream ball as a gift that has the same concept. A great "family time" activity with a sweet reward at the end!

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    for flavored ice cream

    • 3 tablespoons of your favorite flavor instant pudding mix
    • 1/3 cup fruit (such as, bananas, strawberries, peaches)
    • 3 of your favorite cookies, crushed into pea-size pieces
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts


    1. 1
      Additional supplies needed: A 1 lb coffee can and a 3 lb coffee can.
    2. 2
      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.
    3. 3
      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.
    4. 4
      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.
    5. 5
      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.
    6. 6
      Note: This recipe can be effected by temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors, so make a trial run before attempting in a group setting.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 08, 2014


      We make this each year camping. Its so much fun for the kids to choose their pudding flavor. The picture submitted was butterscotch , cheesecake

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    • on August 16, 2009


      Holla, this is the greatest cusine for the young ones, for real. Made this on my last camping trip and the Boy Scout Master tried to recruit me!

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    • on February 14, 2008


      Wow! Tons of family fun. We wrapped the can in a bath towel and duct taped it. My family spent a lot of time rolling, throwing, shaking and parading it around the house! After about 15 minutes we opened it and it was a little soft in the middle. We put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then ate it all! We added the chocolate pudding and the ice cream was really good. We will make this again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Homemade Ice Cream in a Coffee Can

    Serving Size: 1 (616 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 603.0
    Calories from Fat 329
    Total Fat 36.6 g
    Saturated Fat 18.5 g
    Cholesterol 89.5 mg
    Sodium 214.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 61.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 47.4 g
    Protein 10.1 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    rock salt

    instant pudding mix



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