At California Palms, we’re fortunate to have so many delicious ice cream options within walking distance of our community. But for those who are looking to step up their frozen treat game, it may be time to give homemade ice cream a try. Here are just a few of our favorites recipes from around the web.

1. Classic Vanilla

Don’t despair if you don’t own an ice cream maker—this first recipe from the Food Network won’t require one. All you need is two resealable plastic bags and the following ingredients:

  • Whole milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Rock salt

Not only is this recipe simple, but it’s easy for kids who want to be involved in the kitchen, making it the perfect family night activity. Not only that, but it’s easy to customize this recipe with extra ingredients and flavors. You can follow the Food Network’s instructions to turn this recipe into mint chocolate chip, strawberry, or chocolate, or go your own way by adding crumbled Oreo cookies, cookie dough, or anything else you choose.

2. Cake Batter Ice Cream

This recipe from Like Mother Like Daughter combines the two staples of any birthday party into one delicious treat. Cake batter ice cream works much the same way as the previous recipe, with one significant extra ingredient: yellow cake mix. And for those who love the flair of confetti cake, simply add sprinkles.

3. Very Chocolate Ice Cream

We love Allrecipes for simple, easy-to-follow recipes, and their Very Chocolate Ice Cream recipe is a sure win. Not only is it perfect for chocolate lovers as is, but it’s a cinch to spruce up with marshmallows and pecans for an instant trip down a rocky road. No wonder one reviewer called it “one of the best things I have ever tasted. So perfectly creamy and smooth and chocolatey.” 

Ice cream is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and when it’s homemade, it becomes a point of pride. Whether you choose to make a classic vanilla ice cream, a cake batter concoction, or a chocolate indulgence, you won’t be disappointed.