Vanilla Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe
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Vanilla Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe

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Making homemade ice cream is an activity that can involve the whole family. Have the kids shake the bags until the liquid changes to ice cream. No one will be able to resist the taste!—Erin Hoffman, Canby, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups coarsely crushed ice
  • 3/4 cup salt

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 146 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0g fiber), 5g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a small resealable plastic bag, combine the milk, sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla. Press out air and seal. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the ice and salt; add the sealed small bag.
  2. Seal the large bag; place in another large resealable plastic bag and seal. Shake and knead for 5-7 minutes or until cream mixture is thickened. Serve immediately or freeze. Yield: 1 cup.
Originally published as Vanilla Ice Cream in a Bag in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008

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Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"This was a good school project. Wearing mittens or wrapping the bags in a towel was helpful, since the bags get very cold."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"I made this with my family. It was a good concept and very fun project everyone took turns mixing the ice cream. The first time we did the recipe we stopped early and enjoyed a nice milk shake. Since 3/4 cups of salt is a lot we decided to add less. It worked just as well. I would highly suggest this activity we will do it again sometime. With lots of people you can make the recipe in half snd have each person do their own personal ice cream."

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"Several years ago I was privileged to run a BSA Summer Day Camp for Cub Scouts. We had boys pair-up to fill a 1 lb. coffee can, then seal the lid on with a kind of tape to prevent the salty water from the 5 lb. outer can (which was filled with the crushed ice & salt, closely fitting around the smaller can). The team would sit upon the ground around 8 feet apart, then roll the cans back-&-forth between themselves for 10 min. The cans would carefully be separated, then the tape would be wiped off to prevent the salty water from leaking in. Plastic spoons would be given to the two youngsters. Each would test the mix to check upon the depth of freezing their mixture had taken. Seldom did any team have to reroll their mixture. They would split the final mixture into styrofoam coffee sized cups or small paper dessert bowls. The kids were very happy with the experience. It was something they could take the recipe & method home home to tell their family about. We never had a family complain about the fun activity. I am going to share your recipe & method with our BSA Council to print in their local newspaper, and suggest using the two sized resealable plastic bags. The Packs can even use this method as an outdoor activity for any meeting held during the warm weather. This is a great method! Thanks!!!


Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"This was awesome! I made it with my two grandkids, ages 4 & 5, and they had a blast. We each had our favorite flavor by thawing a few frozen berries in the microwave then smashing the with a fork, before adding the ice cream to the bowl. I like vanilla, everybody else had strawberry, blackberry or blueberry. YUM!!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"What size Ziploc bags did you use? Thanks."

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