If you are looking for a fun activity for kids on a warm summer day, making ice cream in a bag is perfect. Who doesn’t love delicious homemade ice cream. And by making it in a bag, you get to enjoy some outdoor fun at the same time.
A few summers ago I showed you how to make Bread in a Bag as part of my Kids Can Cook series. It was a huge hit and a video of the process recently went viral on Facebook! This summer, I thought it would be fun to make Ice Cream in a Bag. It’s as much fun as Bread in a Bag. And what is more fun than making your own ice cream on a warm summer day!
How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
To make homemade ice cream in a bag, you will need a large gallon size zippered plastic bag and a sandwich size plastic bag for each person. For the ice cream, you will need half and half, sugar, and vanilla. And you will also need ice and rock salt to make the magic happen.
First, combine the milk, sugar and vanilla in the sandwich size bag. If you want to make chocolate ice cream like Brooke, add in some chocolate syrup too. Don’t add any solid ingredients like cookies or chocolate chips at this point. You can add those later.
After you put all of the ingredients in the bag, this is where the fun begins. Close the ziplock and mix the ingredients by smooshing the bag around in your hands until it is combined. Smooshing is fun! But make sure the bag is securely zipped first! And make sure to get as much air out as possible.
Next, fill your gallon size bag with ice until it is half way full. Then add in the rock salt.
Then, place the smaller sealed bag of ice cream ingredients into the larger bag. Remove the air from the gallon bag and zip it closed.
Now, time for more fun! For about 5-10 minutes, shake the bag! Have fun with this part. Have a dance party, shake it around, jump up and down, or play catch. Just make sure not to drop it! You don’t want the back to break open. The temperature will effect how quickly your ice cream sets up. The warmer the weather, the longer it will take to set. If your hands get cold, wrap a dish towel around the plastic bag.
Once the ice cream has set, squeeze it out of the bag into a bowl. If the ice cream is still a little to soft, you can place the smaller bag into the freezer for a bit to help it harden. But we found ours did just fine by shaking it.
Of course the addition of some sprinkles is required. Or a toppimg of your choice.
Ice Cream in a Bag is so yummy and so fun to make. Homemade Ice cream in about ten minutes.
Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe
Ice Cream in a Bag
- 1 gallon zippered plastic bag
- 1 sandwich size zippered plastic bag
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp chocolate syhrup
- 1/3 cup rock salt
- Fill gallon bag half way with crushed ice.
- Fill sandwich bag with half & half, sugar, vanilla and chocolate syrup. Smoosh to combine ingredients.
- Zip bag closed removing as much air as possible.
- Add rock salt into large bag with ice.
- Place smaller bag with liquid inside larger bag and remove as much air as possible and zip closed.
- Shake or toss bag for 5-10 minutes until the ice cream sets up.
- Remove smaller bag from larger bag and squeeze ice cream into a bowl. Enjoy!