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Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe
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Ice Cream in a Bag

An easy step-by-step tutorial to make homemade ice cream in a bag!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade ice cream in a bag, ice cream in a bag, ice cream in a bag recipe
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 190kcal


  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ice
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • Ziploc bags 1 Small, 1 Large


  • Pour 1 cup of half and half into a small ziploc bag.
    Add Half and Half into Bag
  • Add 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of sugar. 
    Add Vanilla and Sugar to Bag
  • Seal the bag firmly and get any excess air out. 
    Seal Bag for Homemade Ice Cream
  • In the larger ziploc bag, fill it about 1/2 way with ice. Add 1/4 cup of salt.
    Add Ice to Bag
  • Then add your small bag and fill with extra ice on top. Seal the large bag.
    Add Ice Cream Bag and Ice
  • Get gloves for shaking and shake for 6 minutes. *Gloves are needed since the salt makes the ice extra cold.
    Shake Bag with Gloves
  • Take the small bag out of the large bag and rinse the outside of the small bag with cold water. Make sure to rinse out the top part of the bag also (above the seal).
  • Once done rinsing, carefully open the small bag to not get any remaining salt from the outside of the bag inside the bag.
  • The ice cream will be a little icy looking to start. Use a spoon to mix it around and soften it up a bit. Scoop out and enjoy!
    Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe



See tips above for preventing salty ice cream: 
  1. Properly seal the bag. 
  2. Rinse off the little bag after shaking. 
  3. Double bag if still salty. 


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 157mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 127mg