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Make delicious creamy ice cream in a plastic zipper bag. It’s quick, fun and a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. 

spoon in plastic bag filled with vanilla ice cream

This super easy ice cream only takes a few ingredients and a couple of plastic bags to make. It is super fun and kids love helping.  You can make a creamy treat in about ten minutes and you get cooled off in the process! Start with vanilla and then work in whatever twists sound good.

As you may know, we love ice cream. We love eating ice cream.

We love making ice cream.  We even love talking about ice cream.

I remember making some at science expos in middle school.  Then last year we made some with Little Dude’s friends at an end of summer play date. 

ingredients for ice cream in a bag

We had so much fun!  So with this recent oppressive heat wave, we thought this would be a great way to cool off.

Luckily not only do you get the delicious sweet ice cream, but you get the added benefit of being up close and personal with ice for a while. You are guaranteed to cool off!

We usually just make vanilla ice cream this way.  It’s super exciting to dig your spoon in and take that first bite. 

When we made the video he thought it would be fun to replace some of the half and half with orange Gatorade for an orange creamsicle feel. It was tasty but likely would have been better with something with a stronger orange flavor like orange juice or even a little concentrated juice.

You could also easily mix in a few chocolate chips or candy bits for added flavor. Let your imagination guide you!

More Great Ice Cream Ideas

For a quick and easy wintertime ice cream, check out my sweetened condensed milk snow ice cream.  it takes 3 ingredients and a minute or two of stirring to make!

I made a list of our favorite homemade ice cream recipes.  Check out our favorite sorbets, ice creams and no churn ice cream too! 

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Tips and tricks 

The number one tip is to make sure the bags are shut tightly. Leakage of the smaller bag especially makes for sad ice cream makers! 

Try to get as much air out of the bags as possible.  This will allow for greater surface conact and an easier time “churning” the treat. 

Have fun! That’s what this is all about! 

Yield: 4 Servings

Ice Cream in a Bag

plastic bag filled with vanilla ice cream

This super easy ice cream only takes a few ingredients and a couple of plastic bags to make. It is super fun and kids love helping. You can make a creamy treat in about ten minutes and you get cooled off in the process! Start with vanilla and then work in whatever twists sound good.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 3 cups of ice (or more!)
  • 1 quart sized freezer bag
  • 1 gallon sized freezer bag

Instructions

  1. Pour the half and half, sugar and vanilla in the quart sized bag. Try to squeeze out as much air as possible and then securely close the bag.
  2. Put the ice and salt in the larger bag.  Insert the quart sized bag into the gallon bag. Again, try to remove the air and then securely close the bag.
  3. Shake the bags for about 7 minutes or until the ice cream reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Remove the quart sized bag and enjoy the ice cream contents!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 9376mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Make delicious creamy ice cream in a plastic zipper bag. It's quick, fun and a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.

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Karen

Friday 7th of August 2020

How fun is this!! I will have to do this with my grandsons!!!

Carlee

Saturday 29th of August 2020

They will love it!

Debbie

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Hi Carlee, how clever and it must be good workout for arms? I must admit that our dogs would be over the moon if there was leakage!

xx

Carlee

Saturday 29th of August 2020

It is a little bit of a workout, so the treat is well deserved at the end!

Andrea Nine

Friday 31st of July 2020

This brings back such memories of my childhood of snow ice cream! But now I don’t have to wait for snow!

Carlee

Saturday 1st of August 2020

I love making snow ice cream too, this is definitely a fun summertime counterpart to that!