Making your own ice cream is actually a lot easier than it looks, so instead of taking a trip to the ice cream shop, why not try making your your own signature flavor at home? Making ice cream is a fun (and delicious) activity for the whole family. If you have an ice cream maker, great! If you don’t, there are plenty of no churn recipes that don’t require any special appliances.

Traditional wooden hand-crank ice cream makers are still widely available and fun to operate. In these machines, your creamy concoction is combined while you manually churn the mixture. More modern ice cream makers are powered by natural gas and oil and feature a plastic paddle that stirs all of your ingredients together without you having to lift a finger. Both types of ice cream makers often use insulated fiberglass containers to hold the frozen mixture, and to store your finished product, reusable ice cream pint containers are usually made from derivatives of natural gas and oil.

When dishing up your sweet treat, the ice cream scoops you use are commonly made with non-slip grips made of synthetic rubber. If you’d prefer a popsicle over a bowl of ice cream, many ice cream mixtures can be poured into silicone molds and then frozen, so you can take your dessert on the go.

Now that you know the basics, give these ice cream recipes a try:

  1. Blueberry Lemon Zest Ice Cream
  2. No-Cook Peach Ice Cream
  3. Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream
  4. No-Cook Chocolate Almond Ice Cream
  5. Pecan Caramel Crunch Ice Cream