Homemade coffee ice cream

Not long ago I heard about a dinner-party game where the end result was some delicious homemade ice cream. The rules resembled a culinary version of the childhood game “Just Keep it Up”. The ingredients for homemade ice cream were sealed in a small ziplock bag which was then placed inside a larger bag filled with salt and ice. Some music came on and each participant was instructed to shake the bag and throw it to the next guest. The game continued in this manner until the music stopped and one lucky person was left holding a one serving bag of freshly made ice cream. I decided to imitate this parlor game and create my own fresh coffee ice cream. While I don’t have a house filled with guests, I promise the music was blasting when I created this delicious coffee ice cream. Enjoy!



1 cup Half and Half or cream

2.5 tablespoons sugar (adjust to your desired sweetness)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups ice

1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee (you can use decaf if you have a sensitivity to caffeine)

1/3 cup kosher salt


1) In a small ziplock bag combine Half and Half, sugar, vanilla, and coffee. Be sure to get all the air out of the bag and seal it tightly.


2) In a larger bag combine the ice and salt.


3) Place the smaller bag inside the larger bag and shake until the contents of the smaller bag obtain an ice cream thickness (about 10 minutes).


4) Scoop out your ice cream and garnish with the topping of your choice. I opted for a strawberry and some freshly harvested mint.

5) Enjoy!


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