Ice Cream in a Bag

by Kathy and Bruce Jacobs

Looking for a great activity, as well as a treat the kids will eat? Make ice cream or icees at your next outing!


This recipe snacks one kid.

  • 1/2 cup milk (it doesn't matter what kind, whole, 2%, chocolate, etc.)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon flavoring (flavor suggestions below)

    • Vanilla
    • Chocolate
    • Mint
    • Root Beer


  1. Add ingredients to a pint size zipper freezer bag and zip shut.
  2. Place that bag in a larger (quart or larger) zipper bag and add ice to outside bag until bag is half way full.
  3. Add about 6 Tablespoons salt (rock or regular) to the outer bag.
  4. Zip outer bag shut and shake, turn, toss, and mix the bag.
  5. In about 5-10 minutes you will have cold hands and yummy ice cream.


If members of the group are allergic to milk, make ices instead! Substitute juice or juice drinks for milk.


  • Don't double this, it doesn't work.
  • Suggest ice cream makers wear mittens or gloves. Their hands will get very cold.
  • Be sure to wipe or rinse all the salt off the small bag before you open it. Otherwise, you will have salty ice cream instead of sweet.