Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Homemade Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month!  Making homemade ice cream in a zipper bag is a popular activity for young children to participate in.

The Ingredients:


  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup milk (you can also use whipping cream or half and half)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons salt (preferably kosher salt or rock salt)
  • Ice
  • 1 gallon-sized zipper bag
  • 1 pint-sized or quart-sized zipper bag


  1. Fill pint or quart-sized bag with milk, vanilla and sugar. Seal well.
  2. Fill gallon-sized bag with ice, then add the salt.
  3. Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and seal well.
  4. START SHAKING the bag!
  5. After 5-10 minutes, the ice cream will become thick and ready to eat.










  • Since bag will be cold, have children wear gloves.  Or have them toss it back and forth to each other.
  • When you remove the smaller bag, wipe it down carefully to get rid of all the salt on the outside.
  • Instead of vanilla, substitute chocolate syrup or another flavor of your choice.

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