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Ice Cream In A Bag: Fascinating . . . Fun . . . and Fast!

Updated on July 26, 2017

Ice Cream In A Bag? How Cool Is That?

Making "ice cream in a bag" is broadly recognized as a good chemistry experiment and a great at-home activity for bored youngsters . . . but I call it "scrumptuous fun" for folks of all ages.

Believe it or not, with common household materials and ingredients . . . you can make a pretty tasty ice cream dessert in less than 15- 20 minutes! How cool is that? Here's how . . .


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The Concept of Ice Cream In A Bag - This New Jersey Restaurateur Was Amazed!

Ingredients For Ice Cream In a Bag

Photo used under Creative Commons from: roboppy, on Flickr

What You Should Have On-Hand:

. . . Milk or Heavy Cream or Half-and-Half

. . . Sugar

. . . Vanilla Extract

. . . Sandwich-sized zip-loc food storage bag

. . . Gallon-sized zip-loc food storage bag

. . . Ice cubes or crushed ice

. . . Coarse Salt (preferably rock salt or sea salt)

. . . Hand Towel or gloves (to protect hands from freezing)

A Single Serving of Ice Cream - One Bag Is Enough For A Single Serving

Photo used under Creative Commons from: roboppy, on Flickr

Recipe: Ice Cream In A Bag

The following recipe is courtesy: WorkIt

You will need the following ingredients, per serving:

  • 1 cup cream, or milk, or chilled canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (omit if using coconut milk)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 cups ice
  • 4 tablespoons rock salt

Optional add-ins:

  • mini chocolate chips
  • drizzle in peanut butter
  • cocoa powder (omit vanilla)

Above photo used under Creative Commons from: roboppy, on Flickr

Step-By-Step Instructions Even Kids Can Follow - Making Ice Cream In A Bag Can Even Be Done By Pre-Schoolers

Ice Cream In a Bag-gie . . . Hmmm

Photo used under Creative Commons from: roboppy, on Flickr

Have Your Say . . . About Ice Cream In A Bag

Have You Tried To Make Ice Cream In a Bag?

Beyond Vanilla . . . Ice Cream Flavorings

Turn plain vanilla recipes into a tasty treat with this sugar-free flavouring for ice cream, shakes, and smoothies. For ice cream, prepare your favourite vanilla ice cream recipe and add 1 tablespoon flavouring per quart just before freezing.

Ice Cream Spoons

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Zak Designs Gemini Assorted Brights 6-Inch Melamine Ice-Cream Spoons, Set of 4
Playful, unexpected, spirited, colorful, modern, crisp and clean . . . these ice cream spoons are dishwasher safe, durable but also stylish. Set of 4 in assorted bright colors. Spoons are 6" in length.

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      7 years ago

      It's a great idea, you can keep ice cream portioned in the freezer.

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      7 years ago

      What a cool idea! I can't wait to try it!

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      8 years ago

      Very scrumptious fun and one can pretend they're in the lab doing a tasty unique and fun for everyone. I sure have been going through the ice cream this winter, unusual for me but you have me heading for the freezer...again!

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      8 years ago

      What an awesome recipe, Blessed! :)

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      8 years ago

      What a COOL idea... pun intended.. but lame :) he he

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      Ellen Gregory 

      8 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This looks like a lot of fun and it makes ice cream with no artificial ingredients.

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      Johann The Dog 

      8 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      How cool!!! I'd like Mum to give this a try!

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a fun thing to do on a summer day!

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      8 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Interesting...must give it a try

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      Linda Pogue 

      8 years ago from Missouri

      A great idea for a summer project with the grandkids. Thanks. Blessings!~

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      8 years ago from Florida

      I've made these before with my kids and they loved it! We did have one bag break and that was a MESS, but it was still worth it. Fun lens! I'm featuring it on .

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      8 years ago

      Wow, looks like a totally fun and simple way to entertain the kids (and MOM) and a easy way to be able to make different flavors so everyone can have the kind they want and not wasting a huge batch of ice cream no one likes, not that it goes to waste around here because we always make the flavor I like! lol But I do love this and it's already in single serve bags for quick eat, clean and go can't ask for more! Fly-by winging for you!

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      8 years ago

      Hi, nDee. Thanks for the cool idea. I have never heard of it before. My granddaughter and my nephew will love this. This may end up being our favorite past time until school starts again. By the way, this is a timely idea, it was 102 degrees today in the great Arizona desert; and we live in a relatively cool part of the state. Swimming pools and ice cream are life savers here!

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      Joan Hall 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      My son came in and looked over my shoulder while I was reading this lens. He immediately set forth to convince me that we NEED to do this. I think I'm on the hook now!

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      9 years ago

      Nice! I did this in my Chemistry class back in the day! Great throw back and great lens! :)

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I am very sure my granddaughter is going to love making this. She is visiting me tomorrow and them we are going to try it.

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      9 years ago

      I have to try this! my kids would love it! thanks

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      9 years ago

      Just in time for the school holidays - brilliant idea

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      9 years ago

      awesome! I am going to try this with my kiddo next week as part as our homeschooling cool & fun stuff!

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      bames24 lm 

      9 years ago

      seems pretty simple to make... will try it soon... :)

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Sensitive Fern 

      10 years ago

      I wonder how snow would work? We have a lot of that right now. This is very intriguing.

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      10 years ago

      Great looking lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/12/2010. Have a great day!

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      10 years ago

      Soft ice cream easily became famous for kids and young at heart, thanks to Soft Ice Cream Maker it is now possible.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      11 years ago from Pueblo West

      We used to make ice-cream at family get-to-togethers. My little family loves this dessert.

      This looks fun and easy. Love the way you put this lens together.


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