Ice Cream in a Bag!

Our house is an ice-cream-loving house!

I stopped this post right here to go and check to see how many different kinds of ice cream/gelato/sherbert/bars/popsicles we have in our two freezers right now, and the results? Eleven. 11. ELEVEN!!! (I didn’t know it had gotten that bad! My goodness!)

But, to be fair, this IS Florida, temps are in the 90’s here on a daily basis, it’s just plain HOT, and when you get hot around here, the easiest thing to do to cool down is grab something icy cold to eat.

How’s that for rationalization?!

Anyways, on to the point of this post: sometimes you’re in the mood for ice cream, and you don’t have time to go get any. No matter what the circumstances of your day, you CAN have ice cream! In fact, I can almost guarantee you that you can have ice cream right now with the ingredients in your kitchen! How, you ask?

The other day, something very interesting popped into my Facebook feed:


Now, let me say that I have no idea where this originally came from. I don’t know who these kids are. It was a post from a page called Dutchess County Fairgrounds (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PAGE!), and it was one of those things that ended up in my news feed somehow.

Interesting, no matter how it got there.

So I decided to try it! And I dragged my hubby along for the ride! (I’m SO good at doing that! HA!)

In case you find the graphic hard to read, here are the instructions:

Ice Cream in a Bag

1 large zipper sandwich bag
1 small zipper sandwich bag
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 trays or approximately 32 pieces of ice
6 tablespoons salt
Your favorite toppings


Put milk and sugar in the large bag and seal.

Add vanilla for flavor.

Put the ice and salt in the small bag.

Put the small bag inside the large bag.

Shake the bag continuously for 10 minutes (until mixed together and frozen).


Side note: at the sound of any plastic bag rustling in the kitchen, Taffy the dog is instantly there. She thinks she’s getting something.


CoCo the kitty, on the other hand…DESPISES the sound of rustling plastic.


But on to the ice cream!

Here’s what we had after 10 minutes:


Not too bad, eh?

The consistency was JUST like homemade ice cream, straight from a churn! However, somewhere along the way, I think our bag of salt and ice had a leak…because the TASTE was a bit salty! So might I suggest you double-bag it!

All in all, I think it worked great, and I would definitely do it again!


I also think it’s a great summer activity for the kiddos! “You’ve got too much energy! Shake this bag for 10 minutes and then cool down with some homemade ice cream!”

What do YOU think? Will you try out the ice cream in a bag?

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88 thoughts on “Ice Cream in a Bag!

  1. What a fun way to make homemade ice cream. My grands would love to do this. I can just see them taking turns shaking the bag. Pinning so I don’t forget it!

  2. I like your rationalization! We have cut back significantly on ice cream consumption this year. There is frozen yogurt, sherbert (my personal fav) and those popsicle things with all the flavors in the clear plastic sleeves (can’t eat just one)
    My mother used to make a recipe similar to this. She would freeze them in ice trays with popsicle sticks stuck in them. Thanks for the memories. I’m going to make these!! Pinning πŸ™‚

    • I have all of yours plus more, Shirley πŸ™ I had forgotten about making your own popsicles, thank you!

  3. What a cool idea. I will have to be giving this a try for sure this weekend. No kids at my house though, this just sounds way to cool to not give it a whirl.

  4. Oh Wow Kristen!!I will definitely try !!!Yesterday I was like I want Ice cream now but couldn’t go as hubby was busy :(Had I known this trick I would have tried yesterday .Anyways, Will give a try this week :)Thank you for sharing it with us:)

    • Yeah, it’s very much like a homemade ice cream texture. Little more grit, little less cream. You’re right, still fun!

  5. Glad to see something from the Dutchess County Fair, only a couple of hours away from where I live in upstate New York. What I’d like to think about trying is fat free frozen yogurt. My husband and I are on Weight Watchers and this would make a more pure product than what is sold in the supermarket for frozen yogurt.

  6. We’ve been doing this for years! We call it a ‘sucker bag’. I don’t know how long it’s been around in Trinidad, but I remember as a child buying it often at school during our lunch hour. It’s so delicious.

    • That’s crazy, Tami! It’s funny what traditions we have that some don’t know anything about!

  7. My oldest son did this as a science project in school. He keeps asking to make it at home and I keep forgetting. I will have to let him try to make some this weekend.

  8. Boy that brings back memories of all the homemade ice cream we made when we were young and had to do all of that hand churning. This looks so much simpler.

  9. The photo looked odd but since you tested it out for us all I’m going to try it! Lol. By the way, we also have 11 different flavors of gelato, sorbet and ice cream in our freezers and live in Florida! So funny.

    • HA! I hope it works for you, Mina! And it makes me feel much better knowing that we are not alone in our Floridian ice cream addiction! LOL

  10. I have been wanting to make my own ice cream, but have been intimidated. Your tutorial actually makes it look fairly easy. I may have to try it myself before summers end now!

  11. At first I thought, “Uh, oh, she mixed up typing large bag and small bag”! lol
    I think would be wonderful to try, but I’m so lazy…. sigh. Guess I’ll just have to go get some of the store bought stuff.

    • HA! I know, I had to check the instructions myself when I went to do it! It didn’t make too much sense until I actually put everything together!

  12. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on The Midnight Baker ( ! I hope to see you there!

    • Oh, and ice cream maker is fun, too! But if you want him to work off some energy… πŸ˜‰

    • Awesome, Lauren! Thanks for stopping by – I hope your ice cream turns out beautifully! πŸ™‚

  13. I love this idea and will be trying it soon, but I think double bagging would be a great idea. Glad you shared on The Yuck Stops Here recipe link party, I hope to see you again tomorrow! HUGS

  14. what a fun way to have ice cream. We always pin links here at #theWeekendSocial. I wasn’t sure which I wanted to pin more. Ice Cream or Taffy! πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up. Hope to see you again Thursday 9:00 PM EST.

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