Ice cream. The cornerstone of society as we know it. What would kids be running down the street, on a hot summer's day, screaming for otherwise? Pretzel trucks? Definitely not. What would people binge eat by the tub in times of sorrow? Peanut butter? The humanity. Even when it's cold out, that warm slice of apple pie might feel a little empty without a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. The destiny of mankind and ice cream are forever intertwined, that's for certain.

Now imagine for a moment, you could make this frozen treat home without having to rely on supermarkets, ice cream chains, or McFlurries. Completely homemade ice cream. That's overwhelming power, isn't it? With great power comes great responsibility, and you won't even need an ice cream machine for this. Here's how you can make some homemade ice cream with two simple ingredients.

Easy Ice Cream Recipe

What you'll need:

  • 2 cups of cold whipping cream or heavy cream (cream with a fat content of 35 - 49%). You can also substitute 4 cups of half and half, but we recommend whipping cream/heavy cream for optimal thickness.
  • 14 ounces (400mL) of sweetened condensed milk. Make sure it's cold.
  • This will yield approximately 12 servings.
Whisking ice cream in a bowl.
  1. Once you've made sure your whipping cream or heavy cream is cold, add it to a mixing bowl and whisk away until you see soft peaks. If you have a mixer with whisking attachments, use that.
  2. Next, add the sweetened condensed milk to the bowl and continue whisking. Make sure the mixture is nice and thick.

And that's it for your simple ice cream base! At this point, if all you're hankering for is classic vanilla ice cream, add 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract and mix it in well. Note: add vanilla extract regardless of whether you choose to create another flavor, it helps the ice cream freeze. If vanilla is, well, too vanilla a choice for you here are a few more decadent variants that will work well will this simple base.

Pour this mixture into a freezable container, cover it, and put it in the freezer overnight. Enjoy straight from the container the next day! With a spoon. Fork if that's how you roll.

Scoops of vanilla ice cream in a bowl.
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