Make ice cream in a bag

Make ice cream in a bag

Now there's no need for an ice cream machine or even a freezer.  You can make ice cream in a bag in five minutes and it's ready to eat straight away!  A quick and easy ice cream recipe for all ages – and a fun kids’ cooking idea to boot.

What you need:

  • 300ml cream
  • 2 tbsp castor sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 trays of ice cubes
  • 6 tbsp rock salt
  • 1 medium sized ziploc bag
  • 1 large sized ziploc bag
  • tea towel or oven mitts

Number of players:


Step 1: Place the cream, sugar and vanilla into the medium sized ziploc bag and combine the ingredients.  Be sure to zip up the bag securely first.

Step 2: Place the ice into the larger ziploc bag.   

Step 3: Spoon the salt over the top of the ice in the larger ziploc bag.

Step 4: Place the medium bag containing the cream mixture inside the larger bag on top of the ice and salt and zip up the bag securely.

Step 5: Shake and massage the bag for five to ten minutes or until the mixture becomes the consistency of ice cream. 

Step 6: You might like to wrap the bag in a tea towel or wear oven mitts while you’re shaking as it can get quite cold!  It’s also a good idea to do this part outside as the water can drip out of the bag as the ice begins to melt.

Step 7: Once ready, remove the bag of ice cream and give it a wipe to remove the salt from the outside of the bag.

Step 8: You now have your own homemade ice cream.

Step 9:  You can snip a hole in a corner of the bag and squeeze out the icecream into a bowl or cone or simply grab a spoon and start eating straight from the bag!

You can add pureed fruit, crushed biscuits, sweets or your favourite topping at step 1 for an endless variety of ice cream flavours!











































This craft was created by Emma Rowe, who blogs at frog, goose and bear.

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