How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

If you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to make ice cream at home, then making it in a bag is the perfect option. Not only is it easy to do, but it also allows you to customize your flavors and toppings to your liking. So grab your ingredients and get ready to make your own homemade ice cream!

To make ice cream in a bag, you will need a few simple ingredients: half and half, sugar, vanilla extract, ice, and salt. First, mix together the half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Then, pour the mixture into a resealable plastic bag and seal it tightly.

In a larger resealable plastic bag, add ice and salt. The salt helps to lower the freezing point of the ice, creating a rapid cooling effect. Place the smaller bag with the ice cream mixture inside the larger bag and seal it tightly. Then, shake the bags vigorously for about 5-10 minutes. The ice and salt mixture will help to freeze the ice cream mixture, creating a creamy and delicious treat.

Gather Your Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients

Before you start making ice cream in a bag, you will need to gather all of the necessary ingredients. These ingredients include:

  • Whole milk or heavy cream: This will be the base of your ice cream and will provide a creamy texture.
  • Sugar: Sugar is needed to sweeten the ice cream and balance out the flavors.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract will add a delicious flavor to the ice cream.
  • Ice: Ice is necessary to freeze the ice cream mixture.
  • Salt: Salt will be added to the ice to lower its freezing point and help freeze the ice cream.
  • Ziploc bags: You will need two Ziploc bags, one small and one large, to hold the ice cream mixture.
  • Gloves or a towel: Handling the ice can be very cold, so wearing gloves or using a towel to hold the bags is recommended.

To make the ice cream, you will also need a table or counter space to shake the bags and a timer to keep track of the shaking time. It’s important to make sure you have all of these ingredients and tools ready before you begin the process.

Prepare the Ice Cream Mixture

To make ice cream in a bag, you will first need to prepare the ice cream mixture. The mixture consists of a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.


  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Combine the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. If you want to add any additional flavorings or mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, crushed cookies, or fruit, now is the time to do so. Stir them into the mixture until evenly distributed.
  3. Pour the ice cream mixture into a sturdy, resealable plastic bag. Make sure to leave some room at the top of the bag for the ice cream to expand as it freezes.
  4. Seal the bag securely, pressing out any excess air. Double-check that the bag is tightly sealed to prevent any leaks during the shaking process.

You have now prepared the ice cream mixture and are ready to move on to the next step in making ice cream in a bag.

Assemble the Ice Cream Bag


  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Rock salt or table salt


  • 2 pint-sized resealable plastic bags
  • 1 gallon-sized resealable plastic bag
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk or spoon for mixing


  1. In one of the pint-sized plastic bags, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Seal the bag tightly, ensuring there are no leaks.
  2. Fill the gallon-sized plastic bag halfway with ice cubes.
  3. Add about 1/2 cup of rock salt or table salt to the bag with the ice cubes. This will help lower the temperature and freeze the ice cream mixture.
  4. Place the sealed bag with the ice cream mixture inside the bag with the ice cubes and salt.
  5. Seal the gallon-sized bag tightly, ensuring there are no leaks.
  6. Hold the bag by the corners and shake vigorously for about 5-10 minutes. Try to keep the bags moving to evenly distribute the cold temperature.
  7. After 5-10 minutes, remove the small bag with the ice cream mixture from the large bag.
  8. Carefully wipe off any salt from the small bag before opening it.
  9. Open the small bag and serve the ice cream directly from the bag or transfer it to a bowl. Enjoy!

Enjoy Your Homemade Ice Cream

Enjoy Your Homemade Ice Cream

  • Get creative with flavors: One of the best things about making your own ice cream is that you can experiment with different flavors. Whether you prefer classic flavors like vanilla or chocolate, or you want to try something more unique like mango or lavender, the possibilities are endless. Add your favorite mix-ins like nuts, fruits, or chocolate chips for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Serve it with toppings: Ice cream is even more enjoyable when you pair it with delicious toppings. Drizzle some chocolate or caramel sauce over your ice cream, sprinkle some colorful sprinkles, or add a dollop of whipped cream on top. You can also create a DIY ice cream sundae bar and let everyone choose their own toppings.
  • Experiment with presentation: Presentation matters, even when it comes to homemade ice cream. Get creative with how you serve your ice cream. You can use fancy glass bowls or fun ice cream cones. Don’t forget to garnish your ice cream with a sprig of mint or a dusting of cocoa powder to add an extra touch of sophistication.

Remember, homemade ice cream is all about having fun and indulging in a sweet treat. So, grab a spoon, dig in, and enjoy your delicious homemade ice cream creation!

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