12 Reasons Homemade Ice Cream Is the Best

Recipes from The Kitchn

Ice cream is practically a civic right in the summertime, along with air-conditioned libraries, open fire hydrants, and public pools. We all need our fix of something creamy and cool, and even better if it's made at home in your own ice cream maker.

Today we have 12 deliciously creamy and cold treats, and there's something here for everyone — including those of us who avoid dairy and eggs. We have classic chocolate ice cream, but also vegan coconut with almonds and chocolate chips. There's lemon sorbet, peach pie ice cream, and the best vegan strawberry swirl ever, all of which you need to try immediately, so pull out that ice cream maker!

If you've been thinking about getting an ice cream make for some time (I know I have), now is the time! You can either go crazy from the get-go (helllooo Coca-Cola soft serve ice cream!) or start with the basic technique.

Don't have an ice cream maker but want to try your hand at making ice cream? Don't worry! Try one of these 6 methods instead:

Creative Summer Ice Cream Recipes

Traditional & Bold Ice Cream Recipes

Sorbet & Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Now that you made all that cold, dreamy ice cream and sorbet, it's time to store it for later! We've got your reusable storage system covered.

(Image credits: Sara Kate Gillingham; Nealey Dozier; Megan Gordon; Emma Christensen; Anjali Prasertong; Elizabeth Licata; Elizabeth Passarella; Faith Durand)