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How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

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Learning how to make homemade ice cream in a bag has become one of summer’s finest treats. It’s also a great way to keep the kids cool and busy on a hot summer afternoon. A few simple ingredients are churned by the kids in plastic freezer bags creating a delicious homemade ice cream in a bag ready to eat on the spot!

homemade ice cream


Welcome to another week of Summer Day Camp! This week it’s my turn to share a fun kid-friendly recipe – homemade ice cream in a bag. My kids love making their own ice cream and then eating it right out of the bag.

homemade ice cream

You only need a few basic ingredients to make the ice cream – heavy cream, vanilla extract, ice cubes and rock salt.  You will also need 1 large plastic storage bag and 1 small plastic storage bag for each kid.  You could also do 1 bag for every 2 kids because the bags get cold so taking turns helps little hands stay warm.

homemade ice cream

I let the kids mix up the ice cream mixture in a large bowl.   The recipe below makes one serving so double, triple, quadruple to as much as you need.  This also makes it easier to pour the mixture in to the bags.

homemade ice cream

Put ice in the large bags and pour the rock salt over the ice. The reason for the salt is to basically make the ice even colder so as this project progresses, and the ice melts, it gets colder and colder to freeze the ice cream.  Little kids do not like cold bags! Just have a few towels handy to wrap it in so their hands stay warm.  Also, make sure your bags don’t have holes.  Water that drips out will leave a nice salty crust all over your floor. Better yet, go outside and do this.

homemade ice cream

Pour the ice cream mixture in to the smaller bags and seal them up TIGHT! Put the little bag in side the bags and seal those up tight, too.

homemade ice cream

Send the kids outside with their bags and they keep turning them over and over for a good 10 minutes.

homemade ice cream

The ice cream is not hard – it’s more like a soft serve ice cream, but it’s still good!  My kids got impatient after 5 minutes and it was really hot outside so ours was a little soupy this time around. They don’t care.

homemade ice cream

Give them a spoon and their bag and enjoy!

Yield: 2 servings

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

homemade ice cream
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Ice cubes
  • 6 Tablespoons rock salt
  • 1/2 cup milk, half and half or whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 quart sized food storage bag
  • 1 gallon sized food storage bag


  1. Fill the gallon sized bag half-full with ice. Add the rock salt. Seal.
  2. Put milk, vanilla and sugar in small bag and seal.
  3. Put the small bag inside the large bag and re-seal the large bag.
  4. Shake and toss and turn the bags for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove small bag and wipe the outside off to remove salt residue.
  6. Eat right out of the bag!




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  • Jamie
    July 23, 2014

    I made ice cream like this in a bag when I was 10 or 11 and loved it! Great way to include children in creating something from scratch!

    • Camille
      July 23, 2014

      They love it! Except the cold hands. 🙂 It is a ton of fun.

  • Trish
    July 27, 2013

    What fun… my girls would love this! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


    • Camille
      July 27, 2013

      Thanks, Trish! Have a good weekend!

  • Miz Helen
    July 27, 2013

    Your little ones look like they are having so much fun, and this is a great activity for the kids. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

    • Camille
      July 27, 2013

      As always, thanks for the wonderful party!

  • Julie
    July 26, 2013

    I am inviting you to share this with Show Your Stuff:

  • Julia Forshee
    July 25, 2013

    This looks so fun for summer!! Thanks so much for sharing on Thursday Blog Hop. I can’t wait to see what you have next week.

  • Seaweed & Raine
    July 25, 2013

    My Mother-In-Law has done this at aphabet day at the school she teaches at – but I’ve never been able to get the recie off her (timing was always wrong!) Thank YOU! My boys will love this when summer comes. They both love to do experiments, so this one will blow their socks off and tantalise their tastebuds! 🙂

  • Nici
    July 24, 2013

    Looks yummy! I’ve never made this with my kids. Sounds like this post came along just at the right time. I’d love for you to share this at our All Things Thursday Blog Hop this week. Hope to see you there!

  • Theresa
    July 11, 2012

    That is a great idea. Ice Cream in a bag is a way to add fun to the summer. Please stop by and add a link to this post on the first ever Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. It is a new linky featuring posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children. I hope to see you there.

    : 0 ) Theresa