People Are Making Ice Cream with Coffee Creamer—Here’s the Simple Recipe

This coffee creamer ice cream uses only one ingredient!

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Making ice cream in a bag has been a summer trend for decades. It’s one of the best ways to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

Most homemade ice cream recipes call for heavy cream, sugar, flavorings and mix-ins. However, did you know there’s an even easier, one-ingredient recipe for ice cream? Enter coffee creamer ice cream!

How to Make Coffee Creamer Ice Cream

This recipe makes 2-3 servings of ice cream.


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  • 1 cup coffee creamer, like one of our top-rated coffee creamer brands
  • 1 gallon-size zip-close bag
  • 1 quart-size zip-close bag
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • Ice cubes, enough to fill a gallon-size bag about half full


Step 1: Pour the coffee creamer

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Pour the coffee creamer into the small, quart-sized plastic bag. Seal the bag closed, squeezing out as much air as possible.

Step 2: Ice and salt

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Fill the gallon-sized plastic bag halfway with ice cubes and 1/2 cup of kosher salt (make sure you select kosher—it’s different from other types of salt). Place the creamer-filled bag inside the ice bag and seal it closed.

Step 3: Shake it up

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Pick the bag and shake vigorously for 3-4 minutes.

Editor’s Tip: That’s cold! Protect your hands from the frigid temperature of the bag by wrapping it in a kitchen towel or wearing oven mitts.

Step 4: Rinse

Open the ice bag, remove the smaller bag and quickly rinse under cold water to remove any salt stuck to the bag.

Step 5: Serve (or Not)

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To enjoy immediately, open the small bag and scoop the ice cream into bowls. Garnish with desired ice cream toppings.

To enjoy later, transfer the ice cream into a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight until firm. Freshly made coffee creamer ice cream is very soft ice cream (like Dairy Queen soft serve). Therefore, if you prefer a more solid ice cream, we recommend this method.

Editor’s Tip: If you wish to flavor your ice cream with mix-ins, this is the time to do it! Add a few tablespoons of your favorite toppings to the freshly churned ice cream, swirl to combine, then either serve or freeze as directed above.

Why Does This Work?

What mystical magic is at work to allow this delicious phenomenon to occur? The answer lies in both the technique and the coffee creamer’s ingredients.

The Science of Ice Cream in a Bag

The combination of salt and ice is the secret to turning a simple plastic bag (or coffee can) into a makeshift ice cream maker. The salt lowers the freezing point of water, allowing the water that melts off the ice to become colder than 32°F. This allows the coffee creamer in the bag to cool quickly and become the best hand-churned ice cream.

Coffee Creamer Ice Cream Ingredients

Why can you turn coffee creamer into ice cream? A simple look at the ingredient list provides all of the answers. At its core, most coffee creamers are made with milk, heavy cream, sugar and natural flavors. The same ingredients required for making homemade ice cream!

What is the best coffee creamer for ice cream in a bag?

While any coffee creamer can be used to make coffee creamer ice cream, we recommend selecting a healthy coffee creamer made with all-natural ingredients. By selecting a creamer made without water or processed vegetable oil, you’ll make a richer, creamier ice cream treat!

Editor’s Tip: Keep in mind that some coffee creamers are loaded with sugar. This can, believe it or not, make the ice cream too sweet. If you’re concerned about a sugar overload, look for a creamer with no more than 5 to 7 grams of sugar per serving.

Can I make dairy-free coffee creamer ice cream?

While we didn’t try making coffee creamer ice cream dairy-free, we imagine it could work if you’re up for an experiment. Simply swap the dairy-based creamer for your favorite creamer made with oat, almond, soy or coconut milk. The consistency and texture will be slightly different but the mixture should thicken and solidify into ice cream with enough shaking.

Can I make sugar-free or fat-free coffee creamer ice cream?

We do not recommend using a sugar-free or fat-free creamer. Both sugar and fat are important for sweetening and thickening the coffee creamer into ice cream. Therefore, we worry that sugar- or fat-free creamer would not properly develop into ice cream with this method. You could, however, use sugar-free creamer to make a dirty soda.

How Can I Flavor Coffee Creamer Ice Cream?

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The flavor combinations for are truly limitless! Become a flavor mixologist by combining multiple coffee creamer flavors together in a single bag. Here are some unique ice cream flavors for inspiration.

Alternatively, before shaking, you can add a teaspoon or two of different flavoring extracts (such as vanilla, almond, coconut or mint), or a bit of instant espresso powder. You can also swirl in your favorite ice cream toppings after shaking if you want to add texture with nuts, chocolate flakes or candy pieces.

The world is your oyster…erm, coffee creamer!

Want to make ice cream the old-fashioned way? Check out our Ultimate Ice Cream Guide.

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Lauren Habermehl
Lauren Habermehl is a recipe developer, food photographer and creator of the blog, Frydae. She is a prolific quoter of FRIENDS, lover of weekend DIY projects and procrastinating fitness enthusiast who enjoys exploring the Milwaukee-area with her husband, daughter and ugly mutt named Tyson Doodles.