Summer Fun: Homemade Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Today, I scream, you scream, we all scream for homemade ice cream. Summer and ice cream just go together like salt and pepper, milk and cookies, cheese and crackers. You can survive without one or the other but then life just wouldn’t taste as good. (Can you tell I’m hungry while I’m writing this.)

Today’s activity, as part of our 51 Summer Family Fun Activities, is to make today extra special and fun for your kids, by whipping up some homemade ice cream together. Better yet, once your ice cream is ready, have an ice cream sundae bar.

Homemade Ice Cream

If you have an ice cream maker, you can search online for recipes for every flavor under the sun. Here’s a good round-up on Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, don’t despair. There are quite few recipes online for ice cream you can make in a Ziploc bag with kids. Here’s the first one that caught my eye from It gives you the recipe and step by step instructions for how to make homemade ice cream in a bag or a can. (The can recipe looks fun.)

Whichever method you choose, it’s bound to be fun and delicious.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Ok, you’ve got your ice cream, homemade or one of your favorite store varieties. (I’m a vanilla girl myself much to the dismay of the chocolate ice cream lovers in my house. But when it comes to ice cream, it’s all Vanilla, all the time for me. It IS the finest of the flavors.) Now, here are some ideas to get creative with a sundae bar to put all of the ice cream parlors to shame. (Are they even called ice cream parlors anymore?)

Here’s a list of ingredients to include on your ice cream sundae bar to inspire the tasty imaginations of kids and alike:

  • Caramel or Dulce de Leche
  • Butterscotch
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Marshmallows or marshmallow topping
  • Chocolate Fudge/ Chocolate Syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Crumbled milky way bars
  • Crushed malt balls
  • Crushed vanilla wafers
  • Crushed Oreo cookies
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Toasted coconut
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Chopped nuts
  • Dried cherries or Maraschino cherries
  • Candied dried ginger – (mixed with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup – editorial note: “Purely awesome!”)
  • Red hots, sprinkles, or crushed rock candy
  • Don’t forget the whipped cream!
  • Crumbled raw cookie dough – We like the tubs of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip that you can buy at Costco

I’m a firm believer in making it a party, inviting others to share in our family fun. Invite another neighbor family over to participate and ask them to bring their favorite toppings. Heck, invite the whole neighborhood.

Leave us a comment with your idea for the perfect ice cream concoction. Who knows, Ben & Jerry’s might be calling you for ideas.

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  3. I enjoy Hershey’s hot fudge and crushed peanuts on my ice cream

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  4. That sounds great, Grace. Now I’m getting hungry.


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