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Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

How kids can make homemade ice cream in a bag - This simple recipe makes it easy to to make vanilla ice cream with milk or heavy cream. It's an easy experiment that you can do and there's a great science explanation behind it. Also good for homeschool, preschool, or classroom use.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 127 kcal


  • ½ cup whole milk For an even richer ice cream, use ¼ cup whole milk and ¼ cup heavy cream.
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons salt DO NOT PUT THIS IN THE ICE CREAM


  • Pour these ingredients into a quart-sized zippered bag. This bag should seal tightly. Try to squeeze out all of the air as you seal the bag.
  • Put the quart-sized bag into a gallon-sized zippered bag, and fill the bigger bag up most of the way with crushed ice. Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of salt to the bag, squeeze out the air, and seal it up.
  • Smoosh the bags around for five to ten minutes. Shake them, squish them, and squeeze them around. Have fun, but be careful not to break the bags open.
  • After five to ten minutes, the ice cream should be sufficiently frozen to eat. We've added crushed up Oreo cookies, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, and mashed bananas (all at different times - not together!) and have gotten good results.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 161mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Calcium: 138mg
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