Nothing quite says summertime like the ring of the bell from the ice cream man (or, ice cream "person" to be PC), heading down the street in his big white truck (although now that I'm a mother, why on earth do they always come around at dinner time? Can somebody please tell me this?). Who doesn't love that red, white, and blue Bomb Pop or the orange Push-up, the rainbow snow cone, or even the basic ice cream sandwich? With my affection for Rainbow Brite and Punky Brewster, I must admit I was a snow cone girl myself.
-2 tablespoons sugar
-1 cup half and half
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)
-Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
-1 pint-size ziplock bag
-1 gallon-size ziplock bag