Making a frozen dessert with this old fashioned coffee can ice cream recipe is fun at any time of the year. And, believe it or not, ice cream made in an ordinary coffee can tastes amazingly good!
Some people have named it "kick the can ice cream" or "rock n' roll ice cream," but it's all the same thing. Fun to make and delicious!
This unique method of making ice cream is an excellent way to demonstrate ice cream making and freezing principles to school-age children. Kids of all ages have enjoyed trying it for generations as demonstrated by the 1891 article republished below.
The Girl’s Own Annual (1891)
Undoubtedly, there are clever people in the world, who have plenty of time on their hands, and a capacity for taking pains, who can make ices in small quantities by simply putting the material to be frozen into a canister, surrounding this with ice and salt, then turning it about and stirring it from time to time until it is frozen.
Thus, an individual who once very long ago was a girl much given to making experiments in cookery, can well recall retiring with one of her sisters into an arbor in the home garden when snow was thick on the ground, with a tin containing milk, and rolling this about in ice and salt until it was a solid mass.
The refrigerating process took a long time, and the operators were stiff with cold before it was ready, but the milk when it did freeze was most delightful, and was considered a dainty most suitable for the season. The objection, however, to this rough and ready method is that it is very tedious, and "life is short"; also, that it is so apt to turn out a failure.
The lid of the canister must fit very closely, and the canister itself must be thoroughly well made, for if only a small quantity of the saltwater gets into the pudding, not only will the custard freeze less readily, but it will also melt more quickly when turned out; while if saltwater to taste gets into the pudding, the flavor will be spoilt. —Phyllis Browne (1891)
Here's how you can simulate the old fashioned rolling can method described in the 1891 article (above) to make ice cream indoors at any time of the year.
Like the young girl in the anecdote above, you might also decide that "life is short" before attempting this again, but the vintage coffee can ice cream recipe is always fun to try — once.
The coffee can ice cream recipe is terrific for use as a class show-and-tell, or for a student science project, and like the similar ice cream in a bag recipe, it can provide a fun activity for people of all ages.
Why not try it? The results really do taste delicious.