Easy Ice Cream In A Bag

I remember making ice cream in a bag when I was a teenager. Our church youth group did this for an activity. We each had our own ingredients and bags.
For 10-15 minutes we talked and laughed while shaking the icy bags. By the time the ice cream was frozen, so were our hands.
But, our frozen hands were soon forgotten as we pigged out on our soft serve ice cream.

Everyone who loves ice cream should try this at least once. So, let your kids make ice cream sometime without an ice cream maker. (Remember to wear gloves or use a kitchen towel to keep hands from freezing.)

This is great fun for ice cream themed parties, classroom activities, and family activities.

Vanilla Ziplock Bag Ice Cream

For each person, you'll need:

1 gallon sized ziplock bag
1 quart sized ziplock bag
1/2 cup ice cream rock salt
ice (fill gallon sized bag half full)
3/4 cup whipping cream or half and half
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar


In the quart sized bag, put in the cream, milk, vanilla, and sugar. Seal bag and shake gently to combine.

In the gallon sized bag, fill half full with ice. Add rock salt, then place the bag of ice cream mix inside the bag of ice and salt. Make sure both bags are closed.
Wearing gloves, gently shake it side to side for 10-15 minutes until the ice cream mixture has frozen to a soft serve consistency. Take the ice cream bag out of the bag of ice. (Wipe off salt before opening.)
Get a spoon and eat the ice cream right out of the bag.

If you want, you can quickly top your ice cream in a bag with sprinkles, nuts, cookie pieces, etc.

More fun things to do with ice cream:

Make an ice cream snowman

Make snow ice cream

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