Ice Cream in a Bag + VIDEO

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Ice Cream in a Bag is a fun must-try recipe! Rich and creamy ice cream in just 10-minutes, no ice cream maker required.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice Cream in a Bag

So, are you wondering how to make ice cream in a bag? It’s as easy as it sounds. You simply put ice and salt in a large freezer bag. And, then you fill a smaller sandwich bag with all of the ingredients.

A little while later, you have ice cream! Kids will enjoy seeing how easy it is to make ice cream. It’s an easy way to get them interested in helping in the kitchen.

And, everyone will enjoy eating their ice cream when they’re done.

How to make ice cream in a bag

You really only need a few simple ingredients for this recipe. You will need a liquid (milk, cream, or half and half), salt (rock salt or table salt), ice, flavoring, and sugar.

That’s all there is to it.

Keep in mind that this recipe makes enough for one person. So, if more than one person wants ice cream, give them each their own bag and let them make their own.

adding vanilla to bag

What kind of milk is best?

You can make this ice cream in a bag with whole milk. Or, you can make ice cream in a bag with heavy cream.

You can also try it with a combination of both. The more cream you use, the creamier your ice cream will be.

How does ice cream in a bag work?

So, you will want to take a few minutes to explain to the kids why making ice cream in a bag works.

Basically, the salt lowers the melting point of the ice just like it does when we put salt on the roads in the winter.

But, in order for the ice to melt, it has to pull the heat from somewhere. In this case, it’s the cream.

The salt pulls the heat away from the cream to melt and this turns the ice cream and sugar into homemade ice cream.

Does regular salt work for ice cream?

Yes, you can use regular salt to make ice cream. While many recipes call for rock salt, you don’t have to have rock salt for this project to work. Or, if you have it, sea salt or Kosher salt will work just as well.

Tips for making homemade ice cream

When you make this recipe, the ice and the salt will be in the outer bag and the ice cream ingredients will be in the inner bag. You want the contents of each bag to remain separate.

Otherwise, you will have ice cream that tastes like salt. So, make sure that you buy the name brand locking freezer and sandwich bags. Generic bags may not seal as tightly and this can allow the ingredients to mix together.

If the kids’ hands get cold while making this ice cream, have them wear oven mitts if you can’t find their winter gloves in the middle of the summer.

When they’re done making the ice cream, they can squeeze it into a bowl. Or, let them eat it straight from the bag to save on clean up.

You can even cut up fresh fruit or toss in a handful of chocolate chips into the bag if you want to.

ice cream in a bowl

Chocolate ice cream in a bag

If you prefer to have chocolate ice cream rather than vanilla, that’s not a problem at all.

You can simply add two tablespoons of cocoa powder or chocolate milk powder to the ingredients before you put it in the bag.

You will want to use a whisk to make sure it’s well blended before you start. Then, proceed with the recipe.

When you’re done, you can add chocolate syrup, sprinkles or fresh fruit as toppings and enjoy.

More frozen dessert recipes

Ice Cream in a Bag

Here are a few more delicious recipes for ice cream that you’ll want to try.


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Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Sprinkles

Ice Cream in a Bag + Video

Donna Elick
Ice Cream in a Bag is a fun must-try recipe! Rich and creamy ice cream in just 10-Minutes, no ice cream maker required.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Freezer
Servings 2


  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 whole milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ice
  • 1/4 cup ice cream salt, or kosher

Optional Toppings

  • rainbow sprinkles (jimmies), crushed cookies, fruit, little candies, crushed candy canes, hot fudge, marshmallows, crushed cereal, caramel.


  • Combine cream, milk, sugar and vanilla in a quart size freezer bag. Press the air out as you seal the bag.
  • Put that bag into another quart size freezer bag and again, press the air out as you seal the bag. This will help keep the salt from accidentally seeping into the ice cream.
  • Fill a one-gallon freezer bag halfway with ice and the salt. Place the quart size freezer bag on top of the ice and then add more ice on top.
  • Now here is where the fun starts. Grab that bag and shake the living tar out of it. It will take about 7-10 minutes to become ice cream and believe me when I tell you the ice gets really cold, so you may want to wear gloves.
  • When the mixture is frozen and looks like ice cream, remove the quart bags from the large bag of ice and take the inner quart bag out.
  • You can snip off the corner of the bag or scoop the ice cream out with a scoop. If you feel like it still needs to be frozen you can pop it in the freezer until it is a little firmer.


Donna’s Notes

Ice cream is best served immediately.
Chocolate Ice Cream
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips, rough chopped
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
4 drops green food coloring, optional
Strawberry Ice Cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries


Serving: 1 | Calories: 378cal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 14169mg | Sugar: 28g | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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  1. 5 stars
    My kids loved this! It was such a fun project and I gave them flavors to choose from. Each one made their own. needless to say, this will be something we do for years to come.

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