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Kitchen Tip: Make Single Serving Ice Cream Bowls

Kitchen Tip: Make Single Serving Ice Cream Bowls

Buying ice cream in large containers or tubs (especially at warehouse  stores like Sam’s Club and Costco) can be an economical alternative to buying small containers at your regular grocery store. 

However, most families won’t use up the larger amount of ice cream very quickly, leading to freezer burn and the oh-so-familiar hardened ice cream surface!  Also, those giant tubs can be awkward and difficult to store in the freezer, taking up a lot of valuable space.

Tip: Make single serving ice cream bowls perfect for handing out to kids on their way outside to play!

Single servings of ice cream stored in small plastic reused food containers are great for several reasons.  They help you avoid freezer burn, they cut out the need to scoop ice cream every time you serve it, and they stack and store much more easily in the freezer. 

Beat the heat by sending the kids outside with single serve ice creams to eat and play where ice cream messes don’t matter!

An added bonus: every time the ice cream truck drives by, you can  resist giving in to begging for expensive ice creams and popsicles.  Have your single serving ice cream bowls ready to hand out as soon as the ice cream begging begins!

How to Make Single Serve Ice Cream Bowls: 

  • Save empty plastic containers and lids from foods such as margarine, sour cream and yogurt. You can also use store-bought clear storage containers such as Gladware and Ziploc.
  • Wash containers thoroughly.
  • Fill each container with one serving of ice cream (use smaller containers for kid sized servings and larger containers for adult sized servings).
  • Using a Sharpie permanent marker and masking tape or freezer tape, write out a label stating the flavor of ice cream and the date packaged.
  • Put the lid on, affix the label to the outside, and pack into the freezer for later!

Get more Kitchen Tip Tuesdays at Tammy’s RecipesKitchen Tip: Make Single Serving Ice Cream Bowls was originally published on on July 1, 2008.

Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.


  1. Kim
    Jul 02, 2008 @ 04:05:43

    What a great idea! I love the little Friendly’s ice cream cups and buy them when they are on sale for a $1.00 a cup. No more! Never thought to do this!!! Thanks so much!

    Another great use for the little containers!


  2. Home Ever After
    Jul 02, 2008 @ 09:08:26

    @ Kim:
    I know – those store bought ice cream cups are great for convenience, but not so good for price, even when they are on sale. And you’re welcome!


  3. Tamie
    Jul 02, 2008 @ 10:58:36

    Great Idea, I hadn’t thought of this one! I hate the hard, freezer-burned tubs…what a waste.


  4. Ernie Fidanza
    Sep 16, 2009 @ 01:48:43

    I know that ice cream is an all time favorite.Making a serving of an ice cream is not a bad idea.. But having an ice cream from an ice cream truck is not bad at all too.. =) I know cause we have an ice cream truck business.. =) Our goal is to have everyone leave with a smile and a spot of ice cream on your shirt.


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  6. Sara Povich
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 19:40:09

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing


  7. Sara Povich
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 06:14:06

    I left you blogger awards on my blog.


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