icecream in a bag

Ice Cream In A Bag

Ice Cream In A Bag

Recommended Age 2+

I’ve never heard of homemade ice cream in a bag until my best friend asked me if I wanted some rock salt to make some homemade ice cream with the little ones.

She had seen the activity on Pinterest, and decided to try one night while babysitting. WHAT?! HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!? SIGN ME UP!

** WARNING ** This activity includes a rather lot of shaking! Like 15 minutes worth!
(These instructions are for a single serving)

Long story short, they lost interest in shaking and she wound up shaking three bags for fifteen minutes each… So, yeah just be forewarned! You’ll be doing a lot of the shaking yourself.

My LO is only 8 months old, and I also nanny for a 2 year old and 10 month old. Since the babies wouldn’t be indulging in ice cream just yet, I only had one bag to make – so it wasn’t too bad!


I’m not sure what recipe my friend used but I followed the one below.

Ingredients & Materials:
2 gallon-sized freezer bags
2 sandwich-sized freezer bags
1/3 cup rock salt
3 cups crushed ice
1/2 cup milk (or half & half)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar


Put the ice and salt into one of the large freezer bags.

Then, pour the milk (or half & half), vanilla, and sugar into the sandwich-sized freezer bag; and seal.

Double the sandwich size bag with another sandwich-sized bag and seal. (A tip from my friend who mentioned some of the salt leaked into one of the kiddos ice cream bag. Yuck! Double it!)

Make sure both baggies are sealed well and put the bag containing the ice cream mixture into the bag of ice and salt. Seal the gallon-sized freezer bag, and place into another bag of the same size, and seal.

It helps to double this bag as well to prevent rock salt and crushed ice from accidentally spewing across your kitchen or living room.


A towel or gloves are also recommended, but not necessary. It does help keep your hands, or your kids hands, warm(er) as the bag becomes extremely cold from the ice and salt mixture.

Shake for about 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll be able to tell when it’s about done once its starts to have more of a creamy consistency.

Scoop ice cream mixture out of the bag and into a serving dish for your little one to enjoy.

All I know is, I still have a good sized box of rock salt in there so I can see homemade ice cream in a bag becoming a new summer favorite!

You can ever try adding nuts, chocolate chips or small pieces of fruit for even more fun and flavor.

Dare to give it a try?


You can find the original recipe, here.

Article contributed to Father. Food. Fun. by Mama Bear. You can find her on Twitter, tweeting and chatting about early childhood education, the Reggio approach to learning, sensory play and more!


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