Ice Cream in a Can


We make ice cream in a can all the time at family get togethers. Here's our basic recipe:


  • 1 cup milk (2% or whole)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup rock salt
  • ice

*For each can


  1. Combine first four ingredients in a small can (metal baby formula cans work well for this).
  2. Stir together until sugar completely dissolves.
  3. Place lid tightly on can, and place in a larger can (coffee can size works well for this).
  4. Layer in 1/3 cup ice and 1/4 cup rock salt until full (no more than 3/4 cup salt).
  5. Roll around on the ground for 10 to 15 minutes (this can be lots of fun as a team effort). Check ice cream (probably want to stir/scrape sides so it will freeze more evenly).
  6. Roll for another 10 to 15 minutes. You can add mix-ins (fruit, toppings, etc.) when you check the ice cream or just use as a topping when it's done.

By Brionne

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April 16, 2008

I am looking for a recipe for making ice cream in a can. I know you put a mixture in a small can, sealed tight, and then put that into a larger can and pack with ice and rock salt. Seal that tight, as well. The ice cream is made by rolling the can back and forth between two children (or two adults acting like children.) I need the recipe for the mixture and the proportions of ice to rock salt. Hope you can help.


Utah Grandma


Ice Cream in a Can

Here are a couple of links which have instructions to make Coffee Can Ice Cream:

Have Fun!

Susan (07/24/2004)

Ice Cream in a Can

This can also be done in zip-lock bags. (07/26/2004)

By lzaagsma

Snow Cone Maker Ice Cream

IT is easy to make ice cream in a snow cone maker, put a small amount of each of these in a tall glass:

Add about 2 tablespoons water and mix this up. Add snow from snow cone maker and wella! You have vanilla snow ice cream, safer then that made outdoors in the winter, and available anytime. (09/02/2004)

By Racer

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