How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Have you ever made ice cream in a bag before?  I haven’t in years and the kids never have so we knew we had to put it on our “Old School” Summer Bucket List!  Ice cream in a bag was just as much fun to make (and eat!) as we hoped it would be!

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag
How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag:

  • 1/2 cup of half and half (also called single cream and 10% coffee cream)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • quart size plastic bag (good quality)
  • gallon size plastic bag
  • ice
  • 4 tablespoons ice cream rock salt

Mix together the half and half, sugar, and vanilla in the quart size bag and seal it well.  Then put the quart size bag inside the gallon bag and fill it with ice.

Pour about the ice cream salt on top of the ice and seal the gallon bag.  Then shake!

Tips for Making Ice Cream in a Bag

It didn’t take long for the ice cream to start to solidify but the bags got really, really cold!  We wore gloves to help keep our hands warm.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Once it gets to be the consistency of soft serve ice cream and feels thick through the bag then it is ready to eat!

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag with Kids

Once ours was ready we grabbed spoons and ate the ice cream right out of the bag!  Yummy and fun!

We are enjoying making our way through our “Old School” Summer Bucket List!

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  1. says

    Such cute pictures Megan! We did this last week for Virtual Book Club and loved it too. I surprisingly had never tried it. We dumped it out of the bag and added sprinkles and other toppings. So yummy! Such a perfectly simple activity that we will be trying again soon. Love your “old school” summer bucket list. We have several of your activities on our list too!
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  2. Anna Vaschina says

    Great idea. I need to Australian-ize it. What is half and half? What is ice-cream salt? Thanks for your help. :-)

  3. says

    This is a great project! My daughter did it in school during science class and the teacher talked to them about chemical reactions so it was educational (yet obviously engaging). The biggest surprise to my daughter was how the salt made it so cold. Thanks for the reminder so we can do this during a day when we “can’t think of anything to do” during the summer (not that that ever happens).

    • says

      Cristina it really is full of learning! And was so much easier to do than I even thought it was going to be! I love that your daughter was able to understand some of the science behind it–what a fantastic experience! Have fun trying it at home!

      • Amanda Morris says


        Just to let you know Half and Half in the UK would be single cream. It could also be made using 50% double cream and 50% milk.

        Semi-skimmed milk is close to your 2%milk (it actually has about 1.8%), full fat milk is approx 4% and skimmed milk is less than 1%fat.

        Hope that helps someone



  4. Steven Neese says

    If you don’t want to get ice cream on your hands eating out of the bag, a zip lock bag makes a great emergency pastry bag by simply snipping one corner off with a pair of scissors. Then the ice cream can be squeezed into a bowl or a cone with ease…


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