Ice Cream in a Bag

Here is a fun idea for a hot summer day.

Note: As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions, etc. Please try any recipe out before attempting in a group setting.

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons Rock salt
  • 1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • Ice cubes

How To Make It

  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.
  4. Shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.
  5. Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!


  • I always have sprinkles and nuts to top it off, and sometimes fruit.
  • To make a larger amount I would try doubling the recipe. Anything larger might be too big for kids to pick-up, because the ice itself is quite heavy.


  • I just tried the project. I didn’t have the exact ingredients, so I improvised.

    • 1/4 tsp butternut flavored imitation vanilla
    • 1 tbs. sugar
    • 1/2 cup 1% milk
    • Ziploc sandwich bag
    • 12 water softener pellets
    • 1 tray of ice (Mine breaks it into small pieces and it is really only about half tray)
    • Large plastic bag (I didn’t have a ziploc.)

    I put the ice cream ingredients in the small bag and then put it, salt and ice in the big bag. I held the bag shut and sort of stirred it around on the floor for about 5 minutes. Although the salt pellets hardly dissolved, I got ice cream. It was not as smooth as ice cream, probably because of the low-fat milk — it was a little like sherbet. I think if I had more ice in the bag I could have shaken it better. I’d recommend wearing gloves. It is incredible that it is ready in 5 minutes (not counting assembling the ingredients.)

    Next, I changed the recipe. A tablespoon of cocoa, a tablespoon of sugar, and a cup of milk. I really wanted to use carob but we didn’t have any. It was a tad too chocolate, but good! My daughter has milk allergies, so I suggested she try this with fruit juice. She used straight pineapple juice and got terrific fruit sorbed.

See other Ice Cream Recipes:

Coffee Can Ice Cream

Ice Cream in a Can or Kick the Can

Rock ‘n Roll Ice Cream

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