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 Ice Cream in a Bag
The supplies are pretty simple, a large gallon size zippered plastic bag and a sandwich size plastic bag. You will also need half and half, some sugar, vanilla, chocolate syrup, ice and rock salt. The first step is to combine the milk, sugar and vanilla into the sandwich size bag.
You can leave it like this if you are a vanilla fan but if you are a chocolate fan, like Brooke, add in some chocolate syrup!
After you put all of the ingredients in the bag, smoosh the bag around to get them combined. Smooshing is fun! But make sure the bag is securely zipped first! And make sure to get as much air out as possible.
Then, fill your larger bag full of crushed ice, about half way full. And add in the rock salt.
Next, place the smaller bag into the larger bag and again. Remove the air and zip it closed.
Then comes the fun part! For about 5-10 minutes shake the bag! Have fun with this part. Place a little catch with the bag, but just make sure you catch it! Your weather temperature will effect how quickly your ice cream sets up. If it’s really hot out, it might take a bit longer.
If catch isn’t your thing, you can just shake and shake. Maybe turn on some music and have a little dance party. If the bag is too cold to hold, just wrap a towel around it.
Once the ice cream is set up just 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.
And then just add a spoon! It is so yummy and so fun to make. Ice cream in about ten minutes. The amount is the perfect single serving size.
Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe
Ice cream in a bag is a fun way to enjoy a cool treat on a hot summer day. A fun activity for cooking with kids.
- 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!
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