10 Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipes Your Kids Will Love

Ice creams are the all-time favorites of kids everywhere. Although summer is the perfect time to take a chunk of a chilled ice cream, but you’ll agree with me that kids really have no specific time for ice cream cravings. They’re just little humans who live for the main purpose of licking ice cream. Nothing more…LOL! But their craving is totally understandable. I mean, who would turn down a cup of deliciously-made ice cream? As parents, especially as moms, giving your kids the foods they crave is something you’ll be glad to do. Whatever their cravings may be, while you can just order them online and have them delivered to your home, it is much preferable that you make them yourself at home. Kids tend to appreciate home-made stuffs better than they would, stuff bought from outside. I can remember as a kid, I usually loved snacks and drinks made at home by my mum herself, than I did, the ones we bought. My sisters and I would literally stick around and play around in the kitchen, excitedly waiting for my mum to get done with the snacks or drinks. The same applies with ice creams. Kids love their moms to make stuff for them with their own hands. Cooking foods or making things for your kids yourself strengthens your bond with them and gives you the opportunity to make them exactly as your kids love them and use the flavors they love most. Plus, it also helps you save more money. So, I came up with this list of very easy recipes which you can use to make delicious ice creams that every kid loves. They’re so easy to make at home and the outcomes are so amazing. You’ll love them, but your kids will lov’em more! So, get your bowls, spatula, spoon and ice cream maker while I explain to you, 10 yummy recipes for making ice cream at home.

1. Vanilla Ice Cream

This is every kid’s favourite Ice Cream flavour. It’s every adult’s too! Very easy to make, it requires everyday ingredients that are very available and easily accessible in food stalls. Plus, it’s super easy! The ingredients needed for this recipe are:

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of cream
  • 2/3 cups of sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

How to Prepare

Break the eggs and put their contents in a saucepan. Add the measured amount of sugar and milk then stir thoroughly. Cook this mixture on low heat. Keep stiring for 8 to 10 minutes until the mixture thickens. After this, put off the stove and allow the mixture to cool. Get a seperate bowl and mix the cream and vanilla extract together. Then, pour it into the cooled milk mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Leave in the fridge to freeze for some hours. After this, you process it with an ice cream machine then, store in the freezer with a plastic container.

2. Chocolate Ice Cream

The second favorite Ice Cream flavor for many kids. With a fantastic combo of cocoa powder, vanilla extract and milk, this flavour thrills totally! Needing nothing more than is required for the vanilla Ice Cream other than the cocoa powder, this recipe is equally easy and the result is totally amazing! You prepare it with the same steps for preparing the Vanilla ice cream as well. Worth a try I’ll say!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cups of sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of cream
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

How To Prepare

Get a saucepan and stir together your eggs, cocoa powder, sugar and milk. Cook on low heat while stiring for 8-10 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove from the fire and leave it to cool. Get a separate bowl and stir the cream and vanilla extract together. Then you pour it Into the cooled milk mixture and stir until finely mixed. Put in the freezer and leave to chill for hours. Bring out and run it through the ice cream machine. Put in a plastic container and store it in the freezer. Ready to drink!

3. Strawberry Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love strawberries? No one! But how about you spice up your ice cream with this special flavour? Strawberry ice cream combines the freshness of strawberry taste to give a thrilling result. Asides its fulfilling taste, its also to gives you that satistifying feeling of eating natural. Its a full option!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of fresh strawberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (a second time)
  • 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla

How To Prepare

Wash the strawberries thoroughly and remove their stems. In a bowl, add the strawberries and 1/2 cup of sugar then mix together. In a saucepan, add the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and 1/4 cup of sugar then, stir together. Cook on low heat. Stir and continue to stir for 6-8 minutes until the mixture thickens. Add the strawberries to the mixture and stir together until thoroughly mixed. Put in the freezer and leave to chill for some hours then run through the ice cream machine. Tah dahn!

4. Caramel Ice Cream

This flavour is a delight to the taste buds! Caramel Ice Cream combines all the creamy stuff to give a marvelous outcome. Your kids will beg for more when they have a taste of this. Unlike how it looks, it’s very simple to make. The process of making it is unique and if followed carefully, will give you the result you need. So give it a first try and you’ll be glad you did!

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of heavy cream (a second time)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (a second time)
  • Salt

How To Prepare

Put 1 cup of sugar in a pan and cook it on medium heat. Stir the sugar until it melts and turns dark in colour. Then, add 1 and 1/4 cup of cream to it and stir the mixture thoroughly. Add a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir, then set it down and let it cool. Then, get the egg yolks and beat it until very smooth. Pour in 1 cup of sugar bit by bit while whisking the egg yolk mixture. Then, pour 2 cups of milk in the pan and cook it on medium heat. Add 1 cup of cream and keep cooking until it begins to bubble. Add the egg yolk mixture and constantly stir until the mixture thickens. Then, pour the mixture in a strainer and strain in a bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla mixture, stir very well and put in the freezer to chill for two hours.

5. Banana Ice Cream

Which kid would turn down bananas in their ice cream? That sweet and mild flavour banana gives will totally captivate your angels. Think bananas and whipping cream, think amazing combo! To prepare this, you don’t need much. Just a few bananas, whipping cream and milk.

Ingredients

  • 4 Bananas
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup of milk

How To Prepare

Peel the bananas and slice them into small parts. Then, add the bananas, whipping cream and milk in a food blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. Pour into a plastic container. Freeze for hours until it appears firm.

6. Oreo Cookie Cream

This recipe is a joy to kids. Ice cream and cookies, two foods every kid considers their favourite. How about a combo of the two? Yummy! With the sandwich cookies as an extra, it immediately lights up your kids’ moods leaving them feeling super happy and loved by you. To prepare this, you need the same ingredients used for Vanilla ice cream…and of course, your sandwich cookies!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of cream
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Chopped sandwich cookies

How To Prepare

Prepare your vanilla the vanilla ice cream (go to the first item on the list to see how to prepare a Vanilla Ice cream). Prepare the sandwich cookies. Then add them to the vanilla ice cream and stir. Store the mixture in a plastic container and freeze.

7. Peppermint Ice Cream

A super delectable flavour. Its even much easier to prepare! The only extra you need is a little peppermint candy flavour. Of course, your ice cream machine would come in handy too. Get these ingredients ready and you’re all set to go!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups of crushed peppermint sticks or candies
  • 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • Red food colouring

How To Prepare

Get a bowl, add all ingredients together; the crushed peppermint sticks, sugar, vanilla extry, peppy extract, whipping cream and food colouring. Add all together and mix thoroughly. Then process the mixture in the ice cream machine and store in the freezer for some hours. Serve chilled!

8. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

You want something different for a change? Go for this recipe! It’s not your regular Kind of ice cream. Vanilla is such a fantastic ingredient that its almost impossible to make ice creams without it. This mint chocolate chip recipe can never go wrong with it. Then the whipping cream and chocolate chips for this recipe takes it to a whole new level. Gives it such a glorious taste! The peppermint extract gives it a special minty taste that totally soothes the tongue…and the soul. LOL!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon of Peppermint extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of milk
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cup of whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 drops of green food colouring
  • 1/2 cup of mini semisweet chocolate chips

How To Prepare

Lightly beat your eggs. Then you put your eggs, milk, sugar and salt in a saucepan and stir well. Cook the mixture while stirring constantly until it get to 160 degrees. Use a candy thermometer to measure the degrees. When it reaches 160 °, you see it down and leave for some minutes to cool. Then you add the cream, vanilla, peppermint extract, food colouring and stir well. Put it in the fridge and allow to chill for two hours. Then add the chocolate chips and stir. After this, you get an ice cream freezer cylinder, fill it up to 2/3 full and leave to freeze. Then refrigerate the remaining until ready to freeze.

9. Coffee Ice Cream

Not your regular kind of ice cream. You don’t get to see coffee-flavoured ice cream everyday and your kids don’t get to eat it often. The taste of this delight stands out with its edgy but soft flavour. and it would keep your kids loving it for a long while. Intrigue your kids with this exciting recipe!

Ingredients

  • 300 ml of cream
  • 175 grams of condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of instant Espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cofee liqueur (optional)

How To Prepare

Put all ingredients, the cream, condensed milk, espresso powder and coffee liqueur in a blender and blend well until smooth. Whisk the mixture thoroughly. Pour into an airtight bowl and leave it overnight to freeze. Ready to serve!

10. Ice Cream Balls

Looking to spoil your kids a little bit? Then this is the right recipe! While your kids might be used to the usual ice cream served in plastic cups or crunchy waffle cups, this recipe is completely unique. You get to surprise your kids with ice cream in a ball. You also get to use nuts or candies or cookies; anyone you prefer for the ice cream. Asides from its incredibly inviting look, its so richly tasty. The nuts or candies in it will not only steal your kids’ attention, it will also steal their hearts. Get ready to make ice cream balls often as it might become your kids’ favourite!

Ingredients

  • Ice Cream (any flavour you want).
  • Crushed cookies, candies or nuts

How To Prepare

Prepare any ice cream of your choice and store in the freezer (Read through this list for different ice cream recipes). Put the nuts, cookies or candies that you’ll like to use for the ice cream balls on a tray. Crush them and place the crumbs in a bowl. Get a sheet of waxed paper and place it on a cookie sheet. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow it sit for a few minutes until it becomes a bit soft. Using clean hands or plastic gloves, take a handful of the ice cream with your hands and roll it into a ball. Then, place the ball in the bowl of crumbs and roll it around until it is fully coated with the crumbs. Take the coated ball out and place it on the waxed paper cookie sheet. Repeat this and continue making balls until the whole ice cream is used up. Then, you put the ice cream balls in the freezer to freeze for hours. Ready to eat!

Ice cream is the way to a kid’s heart anytime, any day. Your kids deserve the best and as a parent, especially a mom, you want to make them happy always. Homemade ice cream is the surest way to keep them smiling and it’ll marvel you how much they’ll prefer the ones you make for them at home to the ones you order online. Like I mentioned in my article “WAYS TO SPEND LESS AND SAVE MORE “, cooking your foods by yourself at home is way cheaper than eating outside. So, making your ice creams yourself not only feeds your kids better, it also saves you a lot of cash. I hope in someway, this article was insightful and helped you discover new ice cream recipes to try out at home. Have you used any of these recipes before? Which are they? Which ones on this list would you like to try out? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. I’ll be delighted to know what you think and respond to them. Thank you for reading!

By Jane Orioha

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