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How to Make Ice Cream in a Ziploc Bag

How to make ice cream in a ziploc bag

The kids have been asking me to make homemade ice cream with them all week. Instead of purchasing a fancy ice cream maker, we decided to have a fun science project of making our own homemade ice cream in a ziploc bag. The activity was super easy, super fun and all the neighborhood kids joined in on the fun.

Ingredients for how to make ice cream

The best part about making homemade ice cream in a bag? Is that it keeps the kids busy for hours! The first step is to mix the milk, sugar and vanilla into a quart sized Ziploc bag.

Ice cream in a bag

Then put the Ziploc bag into a second quart size bag. (This will help with leaking).

Ice Cream in a bag

Then fill a gallon sized Ziploc bag with ice and salt before putting the quart size bag into the bag filled with ice. Finally have your children shake the bag until the milk mixture has frozen. This will take about 5-10 minutes for it to freeze. I recommend having the children do this outside in case the Ziploc bag bursts.

Ice Cream Recipes

Have fun! When my kids were all done making their homemade ice cream in a ziploc bag, we had a huge ice cream sundae bar setup inside the house for them to enjoy.

Ice Cream

We hope that you enjoy making your own homemade ice cream!

Kids enjoying homemade ice cream

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  1. I love this! Our ice cream maker broke, this is a great alternative!

  2. I didn’t know it was that easy to make! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and reading! I hope that you have fun making it!

  3. Wow that is amazing that you figured out how to make it yourself. I agree that it’s a great activity to get the kids involved in too! Awesome!

  4. I love all things homemade and this looks so fun! Will definitely try it with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

  5. mine was a malt

  6. how much of each ingredient?

    • We just fixed the recipe. Our apologies that it got deleted from the post

  7. Where are the amounts of each indredent?

    • We just fixed the recipe. Our apologies that it got deleted from the post

  8. @Mary and Kim, From the Pinterest link: “In a small Ziplock bag, put: 1/2 C. half and half (milk works too) 1 Tbps. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Insert that bag into a larger, one gallon Ziplock filled with ice and salt. Shake the bag for five minutes. Kids love that part! Then, remove the smaller bag which should have turned into ice cream.”

    • Thank you Sam! We didn’t realize that the recipe had been deleted from the post

  9. Made this with my kids and they loved it

  10. Will Almond Milk work? The kids I babysit only drink almond milk.

    • We can test it with almond milk for you this weekend, and let you know Carlee =)

  11. Hi! I recently wrote a Summer Activity bucket list on my blog and I gave you a shout out! You can check it out here if you would like!

    (all photos and page mentions were sourced and linked back to your original post.)

  12. Mine didn’t work I’m thinking it’s because I used iodine salt but is that possible??

    • Mine didn’t work either. Not sure what I did wrong.


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