How To Make Homemade Ice Cream In A Bag!

Most people love ice cream, but kids really love it!

What most parents don’t realize, though, is that ice cream is super-easy to make at home (you don’t even need to own an ice cream maker). If you’re looking for a fun recipe that you can make at home with your kids, then this one should shoot right to the top of your list!

So how do you make ice cream without a special machine? Well, believe it or not, we’re simply going to be using a couple of Ziploc bags! Don’t worry, we’ll explain exactly how it’s done. Just remember to let the kids join in with this one, as it’s really good fun!

Here’s what you’ll need to make ice cream in a bag:

  • A gallon-sized Ziploc bag
  • A quart-sized Ziploc bag (another gallon sized bag will do if you don’t have a quart sized one)
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup rock or coarse ground salt
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 4 tbsp superfine sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

1) First, take the gallon-sized bag and add your ice, followed by the salt.

2) Next, pour the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into your quart-sized bag and seal it.

3) Place the smaller bag into the larger bag, and seal the larger bag.

4) Now for the fun part! Give the bags a good shaking! Shake them around in your hands, and throw the bag down onto your work surface occasionally. The idea, is to make sure that the ice and salt cover over the smaller bag inside.

5) After 5 to 10 minutes, you should have ice cream!

6) To serve, you can simply unzip the bags and use an ice cream scoop. Alternatively, cut off one of the corners and squeeze your ice cream into a bowl!

As you can see, you can have your ice cream ready in just 5 short minutes (and your kids can have great fun in the process)!

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s perfect for experimentation. If your kids like chocolate ice cream, simply add a few spoons of cocoa powder instead of the vanilla. If you have any different flavored milkshake syrups lying around the kitchen, you can use those too.

If you’d like to add some extra ingredients, simply top the ice cream with some cookie dough chunks, Reese’s Cups, or even banana and peanut butter! Let your children’s imaginations run wild!

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  2. Sally K Witt says:

    This sounds great. When we were on a visit in Nicaragua, the family had little sandwich bags of ice cream in the freezer. The neighbor kids would come and buy them, take of a corner and squeeze the ice cream into their mouths. It tasted good, too. They must have made them a bit like this recipe, because we didn’t see any machines to make the ice cream.
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  3. How fun! I’m definitely going to try this with my kids. They will love it! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck and I can’t wait to see what you bring this week!

  4. Angie says:

    Great idea! Thanks so much! Looks yummy!
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  5. Beth Parker says:

    What a great idea! I’m going to have to try this with my kids.
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  6. Patty A says:

    What a great recipe! I just pinned it.
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