It’s almost fall, you guys. That means it’s time to consume all the pumpkin things. Really. I kind of actually did that. And then I barely survived to tell the tale. Was it a delicious idea? Yes. Was it a smart one? Not even close. I am no stranger to sugar, but this amount of it basically did me in on Monday. I crashed hard.
Naturally, I went right back to eating summer-inspired desserts. Listen, my mistake wasn’t actually the sugar. My mistake was clearly falling for the seasonal flavors hype yet again. This is really how my brain works, y’all. I can’t make this stuff up. I’m back in summer mode, and I refuse to give in to fall.
What’s the best part of summer? Ice cream. We’ve been making it at home lately and I have no plans to stop that anytime soon. It’s really easy, it only takes a few ingredients, and it helps channel the energy of my three-year-old into a physical task. It’s a win all around.
All you need for this three-ingredient ice cream is half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract. Well, that’s not totally true. Those are the edible ingredients. You also need Ziploc bags, ice, rock salt, and a little elbow grease.
You can do it a few different ways, but these are the steps we take:
- Fill a quart-sized Ziploc bag with two cups of half and half, a heaping table tablespoon of sugar, and a splash of pure vanilla extract. Yeah, I don’t measure things well. Just make it taste good, okay?
- Fill a gallon-sized Ziploc bag with ice and a few tablespoons of rock salt. Again, I don’t really measure here. There’s probably a science to it, but I just pretend everything will work no matter what.
- Place the smaller Ziploc bag into the larger Ziploc bag, making sure they are both zipped up tightly. <-Such a critical step.
- Shake that daggum bag with all of your might for about 2-4 minutes, or until you have delicious soft serve ice cream. I probably check it way too often during the process. It happens.
When Maddux is helping shake it up, I usually toss it into a bigger closed container. If I don’t, he’ll just complain about how cold the ice is. Either that or smash the bag into stuff until it explodes.
Oh, and you don’t have to make vanilla. Ryne and I mix crushed up Oreos into the half and half mixture before we shake it. And then we add more crushed Oreos afterward for good measure.
Long live summertime. 😉