Shake, shake, shake that ice cream in a bag


School is almost out, and I am working on a summer plan. A list of fun activities and places we want to visit this summer. Just simple day-time activities to keep everyone happy and busy.

One of the items on my summer must-do list was to make Ice Cream in a Bag.

Yup. No fancy ice cream machine needed. You can really make ice cream in a Ziploc baggie. So, not only is this a really fun experiment that your children will love, but it also yields a tasty treat. Win. Win.

And yes. This actually works

Here is what you will need:

Ice Cream in a Bag

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup rock salt or ice cream salt
  • Ice
  • 2 sandwich size Ziploc baggies
  • 2 gallon size Ziploc baggies
  • possibly additional baggies


  1. Place milk, sugar and vanilla into a small Ziploc bag. Squeeze out the air and zip shut.
  2. Place this bag into a second small Ziploc bag and seal.
  3. Place salt and ice into a large Ziploc bag.
  4. Place small Ziploc bags into large Ziploc bag and seal.
  5. Place all of this into the second Ziploc bag and seal tightly.
  6. Let your child put on winter gloves and shake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Shake. Shake. Shake it some more.

Set a timer.

Your kids will ask whether it is done yet when you have 18 minutes to go… and 17 minutes… and 16 minutes.  It is hard work to make ice cream.

So set a timer, turn on the music and turn it into a dance party/ice cream making party.

Now some of you may be asking, why all the bags? Because ice and rock salt are harsh on plastic bags. This is to help prevent salt water from soaking your tables, floor and children. I may or may not know this from experience.

If your bags still leak, place them into grocery store plastic bags too.

After 15to 20 minutes of shaking, you will actually have ice cream. Real, honest to goodness, yummy, all ingredients approved by mom, ice cream.

And your kids will be delighted that they made it all by themselves!

Happy shaking!