Ice Cream in a Can or Kick the Can

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Ice Cream in a Can
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Whether you're planning a birthday party or are looking for unique activities you and your child can do together, this ice cream-in-a-can craft is a game and treat all in one. The kids will have fun kicking the can around and learning how easy it is to make ice cream. Then there will be the added excitement of getting to eat what they created! This recipe makes 1 pint of ice cream -- or 8 scoops. If you're organizing a large party, you'll need to double or triple this recipe, depending on how many kids will be attending. This way, they'll all get to participate in kicking the cans and will each get to enjoy a scoop of ice cream.  

What you'll need

  • 1 pint of half and half
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite instant pudding mix (chocolate was used here)
  • 10 cups ice
  • 1 1/2 cup rock salt (kosher salt or sea salt can be used too)
  • 3-pound coffee can, emptied and rinsed
  • 1-pound coffee can, emptied and rinsed
  • Duct tape
Helpful Tip:

Use your favorite flavor of pudding to change the ice cream flavor. After the first 10 minutes of kicking around the can, mix in some nuts or chocolate chips to enhance the flavor of your ice cream. If the children get tired of kicking that can around after only 10 minutes, take this shortcut: Stir the mixture and set it in the freezer for about an hour to allow the rest of it to harden.

How to make it

  1. In a medium bowl, combine half and half, sugar, and pudding mix with a whisk until thoroughly mixed.

  2. Place 1-pound coffee can inside the 3-pound coffee can and pour ice cream mixture into smaller can. Cover the smaller can with it’s corresponding lid and seal with duct tape.

  3. Surround the smaller can with ice and salt by layering 5 cups of ice with 3/4 cup of salt.

  4. Use duct tape to seal the 3-pound can with its corresponding lid and start rolling. Have the kids face each other and roll the can back and forth on its side for 10 minutes.

  5. After 10 minutes, open the cans and check the ice cream. Remove the smaller can and check the ice cream. The mixture on the sides of the smaller can will set up faster than the center. Use a rubber spatula to quickly scrape down the sides and give the ice cream one stir.

  6. Next, reseal the lid on the smaller can with duct tape, and set it aside. Quickly dump the melted ice water from the large can, and place the smaller can into the larger can again. 

  7. Now you need to surround the smaller can with remaining ice and salt by repeating step 3. Once that is done, put the lid on the larger can and seal with duct tape again.

  8. Ask the kids to roll the large can for 10 minutes more.

  9. Once they're done, open the cans again and serve the ice cream to your little helpers!

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