Homemade Ice Cream in a Coffee Can

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by "Food:The Way To Anyone's Heart"

Not sure how much sugar to use cause it says 1/3 cup AND 2 T. not sure if that was a mistake, and if not, why are they listed separately? Wondering if I put them both in at different times or?? Plz let me know cause I'm real excited to try this recipe!!!

Top Review by Lou

My daughter has used this same concept for her Girl scout troops for many many years.. except they kicked the can around until the ice cream was done. I used it as an activity in Adult day care and they loved it also.. especially the eating part after all that excercise.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup rock salt
  • 1 pint half-and-half
  • 1 12 teaspoons vanilla
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • for flavored ice cream

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


  1. Additional supplies needed: A 1 lb coffee can and a 3 lb coffee can.
  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. 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. 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. 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. 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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