Knowing there are about 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts produced in the United States every year, it's clearly no secret that we love to go to our nearest ice cream shop to grab a cone of our favorite frozen treat. However, truly nothing beats making ice cream at home! Not only can you make any flavor you want, but you will be sure to impress at your next ice cream party. So grab your tasting spoons, and create this easy-to-make dish that will have everyone coming back for more.

How to make homemade vanilla ice cream

Ingredients needed:
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint-sized sealable platic bag, 1 gallon-sized plastic bag
  • Any other mix-ins you'd like, such as chocolate chips, cookie pieces, chocolate syrup, fruit
Step 1: Combine ingredients
Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla into the smaller plastic bag. Make sure to seal tightly.

Step 2: Get the ice ready
Fill the larger bag about half way full will ice cubes. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the cubes, this will prevent them from melting.

Step 3: Combine bags
Place the smaller bag into the larger one and start shaking! You'll need to shake the mixture for about 10 minutes until it starts to harden to your desired consistency. Once it is almost ready, add in your mix-ins, and shake for a couple more minutes.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy
Now you have delicious ice cream all to yourself! This recipe is good for one serving of ice cream, but if you are having a party, it can easily be doubled or even tripled depending on how much you need.

As you can see, this ice cream recipe is quite easy to make to your specifications. If you're having an ice cream party, simply make a few different flavors, grab some dessert cups, and you'll have your own ice cream sundae bar to work with. Don't be afraid to get creative, as you can't mess up this simple recipe.

Nothing gets better than this, so enjoy!