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Forget A Lemonade Stand, Start An Ice Cream Empire This Summer Using This Simple Ice Cream Recipe

It’s summertime. Not only is it summer, but it is also National Ice Cream Day tomorrow, so we’re going to have some fun with this blog. 

Not that there’s anything wrong with a lemonade stand, but we want to encourage your child to think outside the box a little bit right now and consider starting an ice cream business instead. 

In this blog, we will be sharing a simple three-ingredient ice cream recipe that you and your child can use as the jumping-off point for their budding ice cream empire!


Ingredients (per serving):

  • 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of heavy cream


1. Combine the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl (per recipe below). For a more intense vanilla flavour, use a real vanilla bean by scraping the tiny seeds out of the bean. Add to the mixture.

2. In the second chilled bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

3. Gently fold together until fully mixed. Do not over-mix or the finished result won’t be as light and airy.

4. Freeze it. Pour the mixture into a prepared loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for four hours minimum, but preferably overnight. 

 ice cream cone

Recipe courtesy of Find it in full detail, here.

There’s obviously always toppings you can add to the ice cream recipe we’ve outlined above (again, thank you to Holly from but that’s all you need for the basic ice cream recipe that your child can use to kick start their ice cream empire this summer. 

Did this ice cream recipe pique your child’s interest in starting an ice cream based small business this season? Do they want to know more about how to really get started learning about what is involved with small business ownership and operations? 

bowl of ice cream

If you answered yes to either or both of those questions, we encourage you to sign your child up for Explorer Hop's entrepreneurship programs, where we take kids in grades one through nine through our nationally and internationally-acclaimed lessons and courses on topics from operations and marketing to finance and sales. On top of that, our programs have helped launch 40+ real kid-businesses to date, which have raised over $45,000 for various charities. Let your child be the next beneficiary of our program’s learning and maybe they’ll be the next kid-business we help launch too!

Sound like something you and your child are interested in? 

Visit our website and sign up today!

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