In honor of National Ice Cream Month, does anyone have a good back-country ice cream recipe they could share?

Bonus points for ones that don't require ice (ice field, glacier, etc.)

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    Back country ice cream recipe -- 1: Do a nice hike in the back country. 2: Convene at ice cream place afterwards. Commented Aug 5, 2013 at 21:29

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As a kid we made "backpackers ice cream" something like this...

  • 1 package Dream Whip (topping mix)
  • 1 package Jell-O pudding
  • Powdered milk (enough to make 2 cups milk as required by the pudding mix)
  • 2 cups Water (enough to make the milk)

Mix the above in a pot or baggie and chill as well as you're able - a cold stream works.

I doubt you'll ever get an ice cream headache from this, but it was a fun treat.


The way I see it, you have two options:

  1. Buy some astronaut ice cream.
  2. Bring/find some ice and make ice cream in a plastic sandwich bag.

I bet you could easily replace the ice in the standard 'ice cream in a bag' recipes with snow. You might have some trial-and-error to get the proportions right, but I bet it would work.

Personally, I would just bring some astronaut ice cream and sit around the camp site telling stories about the space program. But that's just me.

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