Simple Ice Cream In Plastic Baggies

Here's a great little project you can do with the children one summer day to cool off with a delicious treat. The ingredients can be found in most homes and the process is really simple. You can also make different flavors so everyone has their own unique ice cream in less than 10 minutes (see the tips below for different flavor ideas)!


  • 1 gallon plastic baggie
  • 1 pint plastic baggie
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • salt
  • crushed ice

  1. Fill the large plastic baggie ⅓ full of crushed ice and add about 5 teaspoons of salt. Seal the bag, shake for a few seconds to disperse the salt, and set it to the side.
  2. Combine the milk, sugar, and vanilla in the smaller plastic baggie and seal it. Shake this bag to mix all of the ingredients really well.
  3. Place the small plastic bag (which should be sealed) inside the large plastic bag and seal it again.Now you have the little plastic baggies locked inside one another.
  4. Shake the bags for about 5-10 minutes. You may want to put the plastic baggies inside a towel or use gloves because it gets very cold! Check the inside bag every few minutes to see if your ice cream is ready!
  5. Remove the small plastic bag and open to enjoy your ice cream! If the ice cream hasn't solidified yet, put the plastic baggies back together and continue shaking. Eventually you should end up with something similar to the consistency of ice cream.


  • You can try adding other flavors instead of vanilla. Maybe peppermint, lemon, lime, cocoa, etc... The possibilities are endless and everyone can make their own version to suit their individual taste!
  • You can also substitute fruit juice for the milk to create a sorbet. Keep experimenting, who knows, you may come up with the next big flavor!

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This sounds like such an easy way to make ice cream! Thank you for the instructions and flavor suggestions.

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