Kitchen fun when it’s too hot in the sun!

If you’re looking for some kitchen fun when it’s just too hot to go outside, try making your own ice cream! Homemade ice cream truly does not compare to store bought, it’s so much better.

kitchen fun homemade ice cream

The Cuisinart ice cream maker from Walmart Home is totally affordable and doesn’t take up a ton of space. I always hesitate to buy any kitchen items or gadgets due to the lack of storage space. My kids joke with me because I tell them they better not bring home one more mug or reusable water bottle!

This one earns its keep!

ice cream maker

There are only four parts to the whole machine and they all fit together for storage as shown in the above photo.

ice cream maker

Not only the ice cream amazing, but you really don’t need to buy a ton of ingredients. You likely have most everything you need to make simple vanilla or chocolate. The only ingredient I had to buy was heavy cream.

So grab the family and get ready for some kitchen fun! You simply add your ingredients into the mixing bowl and the machine does the work. It takes about 10-15 minutes to turn it into ice cream.

It comes out as a soft-serve style. If you prefer your ice cream firmer, like I do, just put it into the freezer for a while.

kitchen fun with homemade chocolate ice cream

I also picked up these adorable glass pedestal ice cream bowls. They’re also from Walmart Home and I was so happy to see the price on them! I’ve looked into buying cute pedestal bowls last year and they were shockingly expensive elsewhere.

Make more kitchen fun by putting out a selection of ice cream toppings. Kids can totally help in making the ice cream as well, definitely an easy project for the whole family.

homemade vanilla ice cream kitchen fun

To store the ice cream, I found these handy freezer safe containers also from Walmart Home. They’re dishwasher safe, very convenient.

ice cream making supplies

The Cuisinart comes with a book containing several ice cream recipes as well as sorbet and gelato recipes. I also found these homemade ice cream recipes online.

kitchen fun homemade chocolate ice cream with toppings

Honestly, the ice cream is so good I’ll be leaving the machine on the counter and within reach for the summer!

If you’re trying to beat the heat with some kitchen fun, check out these Summer kitchen picks from Walmart Home for more great ideas!

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Here are the simple homemade ice cream recipes.

Simple Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Prep Time 15 mins
Course Desserts
Servings 5 cups

Equipment

  • Ice Cream Maker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Turn on the ice cream maker and add all ingredients.Let mix until thickened, about 15 minutes.

Notes

For the ice cream maker, see your model’s specific instructions on use.
 

Simple Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Prep Time 15 mins
Course Desserts
Servings 5 cups

Equipment

  • Ice Cream Maker

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 cup granualted sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Turn on ice cream maker and add all ingredients. Let mix until thickened.

Notes

See your ice cream maker’s specific instructions for use.

Another delicious idea to try is this ambrosia recipe using fresh coconuts. Enjoy!


This post was in partnership with Walmart, all opinions are my own.

2 Comments

  1. What recipe(s) did you use??

    1. Good question, I just added them to the post!

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