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How to Make Ice Cream In a Bag

How to make ice cream in a Bag Hip2Save

Did you know you can make creamy homemade ice cream in a bag at home with just a few simple ingredients? This recipe makes a perfect project for the kiddos to help with – great for a summer break activity!

Homemade Ice cream in a Bag

(Recipe found via HubPages.com)
Makes single servings


1/2 cup half & half or milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup rock salt
3 cups of crushed ice
1 gallon size freezer bag
1 sandwich size freezer bag

For chocolate ice cream: 2 teaspoons cocoa powder + 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Making homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker Hip2SaveDirections: In a larger gallon-size freezer bag, mix salt and ice. In the sandwich-size freezer bag, mix together half & half, vanilla, and sugar (and cocoa powder if making chocolate ice cream). Seal sandwich-size bag tightly and place inside the gallon bag. Seal gallon-size bag tightly, and shake for about 5-10 minutes until mixture is frozen. This is the perfect opportunity for a kid helper but consider using gloves or a kitchen towel because the mixture will be cold. Be gentle enough not to break the bag.

Eat right from the bag or scoop in a bowl or cone. Yum! 🙂
[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 35

  1. Renae

    I do this when we study colligative properties in my chemistry class. Probably the only reason kids take my class…they love it!

    • Catie

      Me too– kids love it!

  2. babymair

    I lv this idea..but what & where do u buy rock salt.. or is it the stuff u buy @ home depot?? TIA..gr8 for camping…

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You can buy smaller bags for ice cream machines at any grocery store.

    • Jenni

      I picked up a box at walmart last year. Look in the section where they sell the flavor for ice cream (May be seasonal). It comes in a 4lb box that says “Morton’s Ice Cream Salt” This can also be purchased on Amazon for around $8.34.
      I can’t wait to actually make this ice cream with the kids!!!

    • Helen

      Filipino stores

    • Hilma

      At any grocery store. It’s what you use to put in you electric ice cream maker to make homemade ice cream. Morton Rock salt crystals. You can buy it in a small container

  3. Lalith

    Hi, can we use soy milk?

  4. babymair

    Thx so much ladies..:)..now i cant wait to try it with the boys..

  5. Gescena

    Oh my goodness…. We just did this the other night for my daughters 5th birthday!!! It turned out great; I used regular salt because that was all I had and it still came out yummy! It’s going to be our new favorite thing to do while camping too 😀

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh great idea for camping!!

  6. Diana

    I remember doing this is kindergarten. It was so fun and intriguing. I was thinking about using this process to make green tea ice cream for a cookout! Hope it works!

  7. Heather C

    Ironic! My daughter was JUST saying that she was going to make ice cream with milk and sugar. I told her there was more to it. This will be a fun project- thanks!!

  8. K

    Another fun idea is to put it in a coffee can, seal up tight with duct tape and let the kiddos kick it around the yard.

    • jhlmom

      Good one!!!

  9. Chrissie

    I did this lady year for my sons 4th grade class and the kids absolutely loved it. I was the mystery reader for the class and the book I read to them was about ice cream and how it was made. Afterwards, we made it in the classroom and each child got the recipe to bring home and a sample spoonful to taste. There were too many children to make enough to feed the whole class, so after the taste, I gave each child a small cup of Hagen Daz ice cream as a treat. It was a huge success and I was told I was the favorite mystery reader.

    • Chrissie

      I forgot to add, I also used regular table salt and it came out just as good. The only downside was that it can be messy as the bag sweats. I brought towels in and we held a towel over the bag as each child took turns shaking the bag as to not get water dripping all over.

  10. Cyndi

    Our house is lactose intolerant does anyone have a non milk version?

  11. Jen

    Awesome thanks …I’m gunna have to try this with the kiddos

  12. Cyndi

    thanks for the ideas this is great

  13. J

    I remember doing this in school! It’ll be a fun activity to do this summer with the kids! Thanks!!

  14. Elizabeth

    How many servings does the recipe make?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


      • Elizabeth

        Thank you! : )

  15. Teresa

    you can wrap the bag in newspaper to avoid the very cold hands for the little kids and it also it a bit colder.

  16. Polly

    I’ve never heard of this, but I’m in love! Thanks Lina!

  17. Dee Dee

    By any chance can you use a sugar substitute such as Truvia, etc.?

    • IceCreamFan

      Yes, you can use a sugar substitute. The original recipe mentions that sugar substitutes can be used.

  18. tilla ham

    i’ll eat my ben and jerrys’ while i watch the kids do this lol

  19. FosterMom

    We have done this with alternative milks and sweeteners, it worked fine.

  20. Belinda

    Just made it and added 1/4 frozen banana. Yummy.
    I doubled the recipe, made 2 baggies each with a full cup of milk, put both inside my gallon bag with just table salt… still worked.

  21. jason

    One tablespoon of sugar to these proportions makes it taste basically like frozen milk with vanilla, and i made sure all the sugar has dissolved. Def use more sugar if you want it sweet.

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