July is National Ice Cream Month, so we should all be screaming for some delicious ice cream. Although indoor dining has been closed until further notice, you can still enjoy a cold, creamy treat in Anaheim. If you don’t feel like ordering takeout from Pinkberry or Baskin Robbins across the road, why not make your own? Here are three must-try, homemade ice cream recipes that will burst your taste buds. 

  1. The Easiest Recipe You Will Ever Make

No ice cream machine? No problem. With this simple recipe, you won’t need one. To begin, gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half-and-half 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place a freezer-safe shallow bowl or pan in the freezer. In another large bowel, mix all the ingredients together until the sugar dissolves. The more the sugar dissolves, the creamier your ice cream will be!

Transfer your mixture into the cold pan and return the pan to the freezer for about 30 minutes. When the edges begin to freeze, take the pan out and beat the ice cream using a hand mixer. Place the pan back into the freezer and repeat the beating process every 30 minutes until the mixture is firmly frozen (this usually takes about five times). Once the mixture is firm, grab a spoon, and enjoy!

  1. Chocolate Lovers Unite

Where are our chocolate lovers at? We all know that when life happens, chocolate helps. And there is nothing better than when it’s combined with a batch of ice cream. Here is what you need for this chocolaty goodness recipe:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the sugar, milk, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan over medium heat while stirring constantly. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually pour in half a cup of the hot liquid from the pan into the bowl. Then pour the egg mixture into the saucepan. Return the pan to the stove and heat the liquid until it thickens—but don’t boil it!

Once your concoction is finished, wait for the mixture to cool. After, stir in the cream and vanilla and add the mixture to an ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer’s directions, and voila! You have yourself a rich batch of homemade ice cream that is guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving. 

  1. Our Kid-Friendly Version

Do your kids love helping you in the kitchen? With only five required ingredients, this recipe will be perfect for them. Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup half and half
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Enough ice to fill the large bag with
  • ⅕ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 2 Ziploc baggies (one small and one large)

Start by pouring the half and half in a small Ziploc bag and adding the vanilla and sugar. Seal the bag and get out any excess air. In the larger bag, add ice and the salt. Simply place your small bag in the larger bag, add more ice on top, and then seal the large bag. Now, this is when the fun part comes in. Let your kids shake the bag for approximately six minutes. (They may need gloves because the salt makes the ice extra cold!) Once the six minutes are over, take out the small bag, rinse it under cold water, and open it to see your creation! The mixture may look a little icy, but a few mixes with a spoon will soften it. Scoop and enjoy!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month by making homemade ice cream with your family or roommates. Whether you are looking for a simple, chocolatey, or kid-friendly recipe, we have you covered! Before spooning the creamy goodness in your mouth, don’t forget to add your favorite toppings! Berries, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and sprinkles are our go-to, but with ice cream, anything works!