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Ice Cream in a Can


Delicious homemade ice cream that doubles as a fun activity!



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • mix-in toppings, optional


  • small formula or coffee can
  • no. 10 can
  • 1 cup rock salt
  • 1 large bag of crushed ice


  1. Place all the ingredients into the small can. Secure the lid with masking or duct tape.
  2. Place the small can inside the No. 10 can.
  3. Fill the large can with crushed ice, surrounding all the sides of the smaller can.
  4. Sprinkle 3/4 cup rock salt on top and replace the lid of the No. 10 can.
  5. Roll back and forth on cement or on a towel for 10 minutes. Check. You will most likely need to roll about 5-10 more minutes. Dump out any melted ice at this time and refill with crushed ice and rock salt.
  6. Enjoy this on a summer day or for a party.