How To: Make Ice Cream in a Bag

How To: Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Jul 30, 2008

Summer is in full swing! And nothing is more summery than ice cream. But here's the thing: in our tiny apartment, we don't have room for 'one use' appliances, like ice cream makers.

But thanks to the magic of the internet, we have found the recipe for Ice Cream in a Bag, a staple of cottage life when we were kids, and long forgotten until today.

It takes less than 10 minutes, start to finish, and the only equipment you need are 2 ziplock bags...

Recipe from Kidsdomain Crafts:

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons Rock salt
  • 1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • Ice cubes

1. Fill the large bag half full of ice and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.

2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.

3. Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.

4. Shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.

5. Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!


  • Are you homeschooling? makes Ice Cream in a Bag into a science lesson. Now that is what we call homework!
  • This version uses chocolate milk and only has 3 ingredients!

In this warm weather, this is how we plan to spend our weekend: shaking up ice cream and experimenting with flavors. A little chocolate syrup, a handful of raspberries, some chopped almonds ... it's all good.

(Re-Edited from 2007-6-7 - CB)

Image: Flickr member jessicafm, licensed for use under Creative Commons

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