Have you run out of ice cream for the kids? Don’t rush to the shops, you can make your own in a zip lock bag in just 10 minutes, including 5 minutes of freezing time, and the kids can even make it themselves!

How to make ice cream in a bag

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence (or another flavour if desired)
  • ice
  • 8 tablespoons rock salt


1. Combine the milk, cream, sugar and essence in a bowl.

2. Transfer the mixture into a medium ziplock bag.

3. In a large ziplock bag, place 4 cups of ice and 8 tablespoons of rock salt.

4. Place your smaller ziplock bag into the big one with the ice.

5. Shake the bag for 5-10 minutes (you may want to wear gloves).

6. Remove the smaller bag and rinse to remove any salt.

7. Scoop your ice cream out and eat with your choice of toppings.

How amazing is this!? You have to watch the youtube video to believe it:

It’s a great activity to do with the kids and perfect for Summer. It’s on my list of things to do!

Try it out and let me know how you go. SHARE your thoughts with us below! 

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  • Well this sounds like awesome fun for sure


  • Oh wow, this sounds just brilliant!


  • that is a clever idea! the kids will love shaking it


  • What?! That is really cool


  • I’m going to have to try this! It just looks too easy to be true


  • Wow, a great article and I watched the video; this is ingenious – definitely an activity on the to do list!.


  • A great thing for kids to do!


  • You don’t need a freezer? lol The ice would have come out of the freezer.


  • Ice cream in few minutes and without ice cream machine?! Oh yeah!!!! Thanks :-)


  • This looks amazing and so tasty I’ll have to try it for myself.


  • It worked! But I didn’t shake it for long enough cause I didn’t use gloves… It was still thick/solid and I did another few minutes in the freezer.
    I replaced half the sugar with milo instead


  • Wow, how easy. I love ice-cream soooo much and I’m definitely going to try this.


  • that sounds amazing. I dont have an ice-cream maker so I am so going to try this!!


  • Soooo going to try this! Wow!


  • tHIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! I will have to try this! This is a similar action when you use an ice cream maker.


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