Yummy Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe

With just a few ingredients, you can make homemade ice cream in a bag in just 15 minutes!

This is our best homemade ice cream recipe ever! This creamy ice cream is perfect for a hot summer day. The best part is that kids can learn science while making it!

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
Let’s make ice cream!

Let’s make ice cream in a bag recipe

The science behind making ice cream is actually really neat.

Salt is added to the ice because salt lowers the freezing point of water, making the melted ice/salt colder than the original ice. This extra-cold ice/salt mixture surrounds the cream in the smaller bag and freezes the cream inside to create your ice cream treat.

There are actually two opposing chemical reactions happening at the same time. As you shake the bag back and forth, the ice/salt mixture in the larger bag (a solid) turns into a liquid (melted ice). When ice absorbs energy, it changes the phase of water from a solid to a liquid. The ice absorbs energy from the ice cream ingredients and also from your hands as you shake the bags. Conversely, the liquid ingredients inside (milk, cream) are turning into a solid (ice cream) as the molecules in the liquid slow down and eventually freeze in place.

The best thing about homemade ice cream is that you know the ingredients and process of how it’s done. It’s totally safe to eat and fun to make too!

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Homemade Ice Cream in 15 Minutes
You have your ice cream in just five minutes!

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag recipe ingredients

Here’s what you need to make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1/3 cup ice cream salt
  • Quart size plastic zipper bag
  • Gallon size plastic zipper bag
How to make ice cream in a bag
Step-by-step procedure on making this homemade ice cream.

Directions to make this homemade ice cream recipe

Step 1

In the quart-size zipper bag, mix together the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Remove the excess air and zip closed.

Making Ice Cream in a Bag
Place the ice in the gallon size zipper bag and add the salt.

Step 2

Place the ice in the gallon size zipper bag and add the salt.

Step 3

Put the small bag inside the large one and shake it, smashing and rolling the ingredients together, for 7-10 minutes.

Homemade Ice Cream
Top the ice cream with your favorite toppings!

Step 4

Once the ice cream has hardened inside the small bag, scoop it into a bowl or cone and enjoy with your favorite toppings!

Yield: 1-2

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe

Homemade Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This homemade ice cream is fun to make with your kids over the summer. It make a fantastic treat and experiment. With some whipped cream, sugar and your favorite ice cream toppings.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1/3 cup ice cream salt
  • Quart size plastic zipper bag
  • Gallon size plastic zipper bag

Instructions

  1. In the quart size zipper bag, mix together the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Remove the excess air and zip closed.
  2. Place the ice in the gallon size zipper bag and add the salt.
  3. Put the small bag inside the large one and shake it, smashing and rolling the ingredients together, for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Once the ice cream has hardened inside the small bag, scoop it into a bowl or cone and enjoy with your favorite toppings!

Notes

This makes a fun experiment at the same time.

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Did you try making this easy homemade ice cream with your kids? What did they think about it?

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