How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

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You have to try this summer activity for kids! It is quick, easy, and FUN to make ice cream in a bag. Here is our favorite recipe plus step-by-step instructions for this kids activities .
How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag - Everyone should try this fun, easy, summer activity for kids! Plus it's super YUMMY to!

This is such a delicious summer treat and fun summer activity for kids all at the same time. You MUST try this!

Here are the other things our family likes to make during the summer:

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

mix ice cream recipe in a quart bag

Mix together your favorite ice cream recipe in a quart ziplock bag; seal and shake well.

easy to make ice cream in a bag summer activities for kids

For a fantastic base recipe combine:
  • 1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream (that’s 2 cups)
  • 1 TAB powdered sugar (or other sweetener)
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 2-3 TAB Pureed Fruit or Cocoa (optional)
 Hint: You may want to double bag it to make sure it doesn’t leak!

put ice and rock salt in a galloon ziplock bag

In a galloon ziplock bag add 6-8 cups ice and 1/2 cup rock salt.

put ice cream inside galloon ice bag

Now  put the ice cream bag inside the galloon size ice bag. Zip closed.

ice cream in a bag summer activity for kids

Now shake the bag for 15 minutes or so.

Hint: Remember bags can split open if dropped.

blueberries and cream ice cream in a bag

Keep shaking until you get your desired consistency (soft serve to firm).

It is ready to serve! YUM!

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Scoop out ice cream into 5-6 bowls and enjoy!

Summer Activities for Kids


  1. Hi! I this is a great recipe for kids to try, easy yet fun. However, just a question, do I need anything else apart from the below mentioned ingredients?
    Heavy Whipping Cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, Pureed Fruit. Is that all that's required for the ice-cream?

    1. That's it =) Pure and simple!

    2. Thanks Beth! Will be doing this for my summer camp, will let u know how it turned:)

  2. Hello Beth! As I mentioned before, we tried making the ice-cream during our summer camp. It turned a major hit :) We used mango pulp for our ice-creams, because in India that's the fruit of the season :) Just instead of a galloon size ice bag, we used a box full of ice, as I had 30 +kids. Thanks again!!