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Ice Cream in a Bag

A few simple ingredients and you can make ice cream in a bag. A fun activity for kids!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword icecream, kids cooking, kidsactivities
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 210 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1/2 cup milk or half and half I have seen where you can even use flavored coffee creamer
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ice
  • 1/4 cup rock salt
  • 2 quart sized  Freezer Zip-loc bags could use smaller bags
  • 1 gallon Freezer size Zip-loc  bag
  • a hand towel or winter gloves to keep little fingers from freezing


  1. Mix the milk, sugar, and vanilla together in one of the quart sized bags. Seal, removing as much air from the bag as possible. Place this bag inside the other quart-sized bag, remove air and seal (double bagging to prevent leaking and ensuring success).  Put the two bags inside the larger gallon sized bag along with the ice (we filled the bag with ice and then about 1/4 cup rock salt. Remove air and seal tightly.  Wrap the bag in the towel or put your gloves on, and shake, shake, shake.

Recipe Notes

If it is really hot outside it will take longer for the ice cream to freeze.

Nutrition Facts
Ice Cream in a Bag
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 28343mg1232%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.