Ice Cream Top 10

Ice cream and me. We go way back together. My love affair with ice cream started way back when I was a little girl and our church would have ice cream socials. The men of the church would be out back, churning ice cream by hand, using cream straight from the dairy farm down the road. We would be in the parish hall eating it by the bowlfuls. I can still taste the fresh peach ice cream! Best of all, our family would get to take home some leftovers! There was something crispy and icy and creamy about that homemade ice cream that is hard for any ice cream store to replicate.

Even though we don’t churn our own ice cream any more, my girls love ice cream just as much as I do. They would eat it any time of day, and sometimes I say no. No ice cream. And then look what happens!

The disadvantage of having a lower freezer.
The disadvantage of having a lower freezer.

July is National Ice Cream month (I know! Ice cream should have its own month!) so today’s Tuesday Ten is all about ice cream! I always start with vanilla, my favorite flavor. Emmy loves vanilla, just like me. My husband is partial to chocolate along with my older daughter, Lily.

I’m not a big fan of chocolate ice cream, so here is a list of my favorite ice cream flavors and toppings for this week’s:

The Golden Spoons

1. Vanilla, topped with:
2. Crushed pretzels – salty sweet!
3. Caramel – Mmmmm!
4. Chocolate chips – never wrong!
5. Cinnamon – Mix it in!
6. Roasted peanuts – crunchy!

7. Moose Tracks – vanilla with mini peanut butter cups and a fudge ripple
8. Marion Blackberry – from Sherman’s Ice Cream in South Haven, Michigan. A once a year treat!
9. Sea Salt Caramel Cashew Ice Cream from the Schwan’s man – as delicious as it sounds!
10. Soft serve vanilla from Dairy Queen, dipped in a chocolate shell – a summer must!

We don’t have an ice cream maker at home, but we do have a recipe to make our own ice cream! This is a fun project to do with your kids, and the results are delicious!

Ziploc Bag Ice Cream

In a pint size ziploc bag add: 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 cup half and half. (I like to double bag this.)

In a gallon ziplock freezer bag add ice and 6 tablespoons of coarse kosher salt. Place the small bag inside the large bag and seal. Shake it up!

In about five minutes, you’ll have your own, homemade soft serve ice cream! Enjoy!

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22 Responses to Ice Cream Top 10

  1. Your making me crave ice cream. That Blackberry one from Michigan sounds amazing! Dairy Queen is always a favorite of ours. My favorite ice cream flavor is butter pecan. I’ve never had home made ice cream. It wasn’t something that happened in our family growing up.
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  2. Love, love, LOVE ice cream! Oh goodness, it’s a summer must here at our house. Last year I mentioned to my mother-in-law that I wanted an ice cream maker (electric!) so we could make our own. She found one at a garage sale for $5! What a deal! But the real treat is that it rode all the way from TN to NE when she and my father-in-law came out for a visit. Now that’s a deal. $5 ice cream maker AND free delivery.
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  3. Ginny Marie, you and I think alike when it comes to ice cream! :) I don’t really like chocolate ice cream either, and the only one of my kiddos that seems to really like it is my daughter. My hubby and boys don’t care for it, either. However, if it is vanilla WITH chocolate in it, they are all over it! LOL :) I’ve recently started trying the Greek frozen yogurt, and I really like it. It’s more tart, but there is just something I really like about it. Oh, and I am so with you about homemade ice cream! It is the BEST! :) I hope you are enjoying your summer!
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    • I love Greek yogurt, so I’ll have to try the frozen kind! I do gravitate toward the tart varieties when I take the girls to a frozen yogurt place by us. (Menchies…do you have them by you?) When I was a teenager, we always went to a frozen yogurt place by where I worked, then they disappeared for a while. Now there are a ton of frozen yogurt places!
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