Mason Jar Ice Cream

Nothing says summer quite like enjoying a delicious ice cream cone outside. We are ice cream super fans at our house so when I heard National Ice Cream Day was coming up (July 18) I knew we had to celebrate somehow!

After scrolling through Pinterest for homemade ice cream recipes, I can across one for mason jar ice cream – which is made completely in a mason jar. This sounded like something I could do with the kids with little mess (hooray!) and I just so happened to have dozens of mason jars leftover from my wedding just collecting dust in the attic. So, I busted them out, cleaned them up and tweaked the recipe a tiny bit to what you will see below.


  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Mix-ins (optional) – chocolate chips, Oreo cookie crumbles, strawberries, candy bars, etc.
  • Mason jar(s)


Pour cream, sugar, vanilla and salt into an 8 oz mason jar.

Add mix-ins of your choice.

We used strawberries, chocolate chips, crushed Oreo cookies, sprinkles and food coloring (to turn the strawberry ice cream pink).

Put the lid onto the jar and shake, shake, shake for around 3-5 minutes.

Place in freezer for at least 3 hours. I stirred mine about half way through because the mix-ins tend to sink to the bottom. If you stir it once it thickens you can distribute them better throughout.

Remove from freezer (warning – jars are very vary cold!) and allow to sit and soften for a bit.

Scoop and enjoy!! This is such a great activity to do with your kids and I kid you not, this was some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted.

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