Step 1: Gather necessary materials and ingredients
For a single-serving of quick, yummy homemade vanilla ice cream you'll need:
1 empty medium sized coffee can. We used a 13oz can.
1 empty container with a lid that'll fit inside the coffee can with extra space around it for ice and salt. We used small empty jelly jars and plastic yogurt containers
(Now is the time to pat yourself on the back for recycling and having a mini-lesson with your kids about the importance of reusing items, consumption and global warming)
You'll also need:
1 Tablespoon measuring spoon
1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon
1/2 cup measuring cup
1 small spoon for stirring
For the vanilla ice cream you'll need:
1/2 cup milk. We used non-fat because that's what we drink. However, any milk will work and I even hear soy milk also works for you lacto-free folks
1-2 Tablespoons granulated sugar depending on how sweet you want your ice cream. We used 2 and it was a bit too sweet for my kids. My son's friend is pretty much sugar-free so he used 1 packet of Splenda and it turned out pretty tasty.
1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. The kids found 1 teaspoon of vanilla to be a little bit too over-powering
Small chunks of ice. Enough to fill the surrounding space around the small container inside the coffee can.
1-2 Tablespoons rock salt. We actually found ours at Von's and it was specifically made for ice cream
1 teaspoon chocolate syrup substituted for the vanilla extract if you're craving chocolate
1-2 Small snack size Hershey's Chocolate bars or other chocolate that can be chunked up if you want to make chocolate chip ice cream