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How To Make Homemade Ice Cream With Your Kids!

How to make homemade ice cream with just 3 ingredients and no ice cream maker required! This easy strawberry ice cream recipe is rich and delicious and SO easy to whip up!


This post brought to you in collaboration with HarperCollins and the I Can Read! book series. Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post!


homemade ice cream recipe

How To Make Homemade Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream is much easier than you think. You don’t even need a fancy ice cream maker! You can make a no churn ice cream recipe with just a mixer and a freezer! This recipe uses just 3 simple ingredients, heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk and crushed, fresh strawberries.

Since this recipe is so easy, it’s ideal for kids to help with. I got the inspiration to get in the kitchen with my son Carson, who is going into first grade, from one of his I Can Read! Early Reader Series! books. We paired the book with the ice cream making activity for a fun learning experience that is also helping him get ready for going back to school. I want him to be sure to practice reading over the summer so he doesn’t forget the skills he learned in kindergarten. This was a great way to reinforce that and make it fun!


homemade strawberry ice cream


It’s so easy and delicious which makes it the perfect recipe to make with your kids! My kids love to get in the kitchen and help cook and this was a great lesson in how to easily make homemade ice cream!


early reader book collection

Ice Cream & Reading Activity

For this fun pairing of ice cream making and reading we stocked up on I Can Read! Early Reader Series! books and then I let Carson pick a book that we could do an activity based off of. He chose “Splat the Cat: I Scream For Ice Cream” and we decided we’d make some yummy strawberry ice cream just like Seymour had in the book! One of the best things about the I Can Read! books are that they feature familiar characters like Splat the Cat which makes them extra fun for the kids. Learn more about why to choose I Can Read! books and join us for this fun activity!


Splat the Cat early reader book


I love that the I Can Read! Early Reader series books are easy enough for Carson to read on his own. They are engaging and entertaining books while still being at a level that he can read and comprehend. It reinforces the skills he learned in school while also entertaining him and making reading fun! The books are designed with varying levels so you can pick the ones that are just right for your family.  


Splat the Cat ice cream activity

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

In the Splat the Cat: I Scream For Ice Cream book they visit an ice cream factory where things go awry and a mess of ice cream ensues. They lose Seymour and end up finding him eating a tub of strawberry ice cream. We took our cue from Seymour to create this yummy strawberry ice cream and there is no fancy ice cream factory required! For this homemade ice cream recipe you’ll need just 3 ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1# fresh strawberries, washed and stems removed, set a few aside for garnish
  • optional: red food coloring



crushing strawberries in a bowl

Step 1

Begin by placing the strawberries in a bowl. Allow your child to mash them using a potato masher until they are macerated.


whipping cream in a measuring cup

Step 2

Add 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and 14oz sweetened condensed milk to a mixer bowl and whip on high until stiff peaks form.


whip cream until stiff peaks form


Be sure not to overbeat it or the cream will break. Peaks should be stiff and not runny. This takes approximately 5 minutes with a stand mixer.


pour crushed strawberries into bowl

Step 3

Carefully fold in the crushed strawberries and gently mix together.


whipped cream and strawberries

Step 4

If you wish you can add some red food coloring to it to make it more pink. This is not necessary though. Of course, my son wanted to add some! We added a few drops.


place strawberries on top

Step 5

Pour mixture into a loaf pan (or any pan this size) and top with slices of strawberries.


strawberry ice cream homemade

Step 6

Cover and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight.



easy homemade ice cream


When you are ready to eat your delicious homemade ice cream, remove it from the freezer and allow it to soften on the counter for a few minutes before scooping.


bowl of strawberry ice cream

Print Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

homemade strawberry ice cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Sarah | Must Have Mom
This delicious no churn strawberry ice cream recipe uses just three ingredients and does not require an ice cream maker! 
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert


  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream cold
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries washed and tops removed plus a few for garnish set aside
  • red food coloring optional


  • Place strawberries in a bowl and mash with a potato masher until macerated. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, add heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk to mixer bowl and whip on high until there are stiff peaks. Do not overbeat or it will break. This takes approximately five minutes. 
  • Gently fold in strawberries and optional food coloring.
  • Pour into a loaf pan and top with sliced strawberries. Cover and freeze for a minimum of five hours or overnight. When ready to serve the ice cream set it out on the counter to soften for a few minutes beforehand. 


Splat the Cat Ice Cream


I love themed activities and pairing Splat the Cat: I Scream For Ice Cream with making our own ice cream was so much fun! This is a really great activity for any child and it will help to reinforce a love of reading by making it fun! Learn more about the I Can Read! books here.

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  2. I have to say that the BERENSTAIN BEARS are my favorite. I grew up with them and love the characters.

  3. I asked my 6 Grandkids which is their favorite and their answers are:

    1 voted for Pinkalicious
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    1 voted for Danny the DInosaur
    1 voted for Biscuit and Charlie the Ranch Dog
    1 voted for Berenstain Bears

    Obviously – we love any and all books!

  4. I absolutely love The Berenstein Bears. They always have good stories that have a moral value to them.

  5. It’s hard to pick a favorite! Biscuit is the cutest, but I think maybe Amelia Bedilia is my favorite.

  6. JULY 13, 2018 AT 4:05 PM

    BERENSTAIN BEARS are my favorite. I grew up with them and love the characters.

  7. This was a delicious and easy no churn recipe! My husband and I are going crazy for it. So easy! I have never made no churn ice cream but when things get back to some kind of normalcy, I will make it for my kids and grand kids. I didn’t add the food coloring. I had a vanilla bean at home so i used it in place of the vanilla. Great recipe! Thanks

  8. Hello, Sarah! I wanted to let you know, we’ll be sharing this post tomorrow on the Fabulous Friday Link Party! I hope you can join us there! Happy Day!

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