Ice cream is a summer time must have in our house. Ok, well maybe a year round must have! We love ice cream. And if the hubby could have it his way we would have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But no worries- we don’t! The cost of ice cream however keeps going up. Then there is the gluten factor. Always checking ingredients and missing out on the good stuff like cookie dough, or brownie. So I decided we really needed to start making our own!
That is where Nostalgia Electrics (sponsor) steps in. They started in 2001 with Greg Bond, his team and a sample of an Old Fashioned Hot Air Popcorn Maker. Just hours after sending pictures of his idea to 100’s of retailers he had his first appointment with one. Fast forward to today, you can now find nearly 100 different products and can find them in 35 different countries. At Nostalgia Electrics you can find old fashion popcorn makers, to candy makers and more!
One of the items you will find is this Vintage Collection Old Fashioned 4 Quart Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker. I love how this looks just like a hand crank ice cream maker. The nice part is there is a motor so I can mix up the ice cream and just walk away! The ice cream chamber is a sturdy aluminum piece. The bucket itself has a plastic insert so it does not leak and is easy to clean. Then you have a see through lid so the kids can watch the ice cream as it is being made!
I must say after using it for a week. I am in love! I have made two different kinds of ice cream so far and my kids are already making requests for kinds they want to try!
Now I after trying to figure out an easy to create ice cream I came up with a base recipe that should work for any kind of ice cream you want. For the base what you need is:
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla (make sure it is GF if needed)
- Rock Salt
Mix all the ingredients together in the canister then finish adding the ingredients to make what ever flavor you want.
First lets do the Strawberry and Creme. I do not have a picture of this one because it was a hot day so it was melting quickly and I didn’t think you would want to see a picture of soupy ice cream. Here is what you need for this one:
- one batch of the base ice cream listed above
- 7 oz marshmallow creme
- 1 cup finely chopped strawberries.
Start by mixing the base ingredients in the canister and let chill in the freezer for 10 minutes (until cold to the touch). Place the canister in the bucket. Put a layer of ice, then some salt, another layer of ice and salt and so on until bucket is full. Mix until ice cream is just about hardened (about 25-30 minutes). While that is mixing warm up the marshmallow creme. When ice cream is about done add the warmed marshmallows and the strawberries and let mix for a few more minutes. Then enjoy!
Next up, a personal favorite of mine! Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Oh I love anything Mint Chocolate. This was a lot easier to make then what I thought it would be too! What you need:
- One batch of the base ice cream
- mint candy flavoring
- mini chocolate chip morsels.
Mix up your base batch in the canister. Add about 3 drops of mint (more or less to your tasting). If you would like you can add a few drops of green food coloring at this point and mix well. Place the canister in the freezer until cold to touch (about 10 minutes). Place in the bucket and add ice and rock salt alternating until filled. Let churn for about 30 minutes. Add about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and let churn for a few more minutes! Then Enjoy!
With both of these ice creams on the first day it was more of a soft serve consistency and it was really good! After some time in the freezer it harden a bit more like normal ice cream. I can not believe I have waited this long to have homemade ice cream in our house! I swear I may never go back to store bought again! I can not wait to create even more goodness! I really love how simple this Ice Cream Maker is to use!
You can learn more about Nostalgia Electrics on their website, including a listing as to where you can buy. You can find the Nostalgia Electrics ICMW400 4-Quart Wooden Bucket Electric Ice Cream Maker on Amazon.com right now for $44.07 + Free Shipping! It normally is $69.99 so that is a really good deal and well worth it! Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for some more Nostalgia Electrics fun as well!
Stay tuned for more ice cream recipes and I may just have a giveaway up my sleeve!
~~I received the above Ice Cream maker from Nostalgia Electrics in exchange for an honest review. No other form of compensation was exchanged by this company. This post does however, contain affiliate links to amazon.com where I may receive compensation for orders purchased from Amazon. Regardless the above thoughts are my own and honest opinions!~