Hot cocoa, cookies warm from the oven, and piping hot apple pie all have their place in the pantheon of fantastic treats. However, when the thermostat starts to climb in Buena Park, few things are more enjoyable than a scoop of ice cream. Satisfy your sweet tooth by making one of these delicious homemade ice cream recipes.

1. Classic Vanilla—The Easy Way!

Because it can easily be made using resealable plastic bags, this recipe is fantastic for those of us who haven’t yet purchased a homemade ice cream maker. In addition to two plastic bags, you’ll only need five ingredients:

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

This simple recipe is a homerun for parents who want to give their kids hands-on experience in the trade of dessert-making. The best part is, once you’ve made the base vanilla flavor, your kids can be as creative as they want by mixing in other ingredients. Let them explore traditional favorites like Oreo or strawberry. Or, let them test their palate with wild combinations like grape-cherry chocolate chip and brown butter bacon ice cream. This is sure to be an activity that keeps your kids, and possibly you, coming back for seconds. Visit the Food Network for the complete details.

2. Cake Batter Ice Cream

This ice cream flavor is for those of us who like to have their cake and eat it too! (Secret ingredient? You guessed it! Yellow cake mix!) It’s a great substitute for licking the bowl clean after your roommate finishes making a birthday cake. If Funfetti cake tends to be your cup of tea, then be sure to mix in your favorite colorful sprinkles too. You can find the full recipe at Like Mother Like Daughter.

3. Very Chocolate Ice Cream

No article on homemade ice cream would be complete without a decadent chocolate option. Your sweet tooth will thank you when you indulge in what one reviewer called “one of the best things I have ever tasted. So perfectly creamy and smooth and chocolatey.” Add marshmallows and chopped pecans to this chocolatey base for a delightful homemade rocky road. Visit Allrecipes for the complete recipe.

Homemade ice cream is one of life’s simple pleasures that is especially enjoyable on a hot summer day. So whether you’re making a classic vanilla ice cream in a bag, creating your own cake batter frozen treat, or pulling out all the stops for an indulgent creamy chocolate confection, you won’t be disappointed. Follow any of these three homemade ice cream recipes for a delicacy your whole household will thank you for! And If you don’t have time to make your own ice cream, why not visit a local shop for a cold treat? House of Chimney Cakes, Cone Appétit, and Porto’s Bakery are just minutes away from Cantabria Apartments and are calling your name!