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Ice Cream in a Bag


Get ready to embark on a magical journey of creating your very own ice cream, right inside a bag! This playful and interactive activity is not only fun but also a learning experience for both children and adults alike.



What do I need to play?

To embark on this exciting ice cream adventure, you’ll need a few simple ingredients and tools.

Don’t worry; they’re readily available and probably lying around in your kitchen already!

Gather these supplies to begin the ice cream magic:


  • Half a cup of fresh, whole milk (semi-skimmed works too!)
  • One tablespoon of granulated sugar (adjust according to your sweetness preference)
  • A splash of pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt (to bring out the flavors)
  • Your favorite mix-ins: chocolate chips, crushed cookies, or fresh fruit – get creative!


  • Quart-sized resealable plastic bags (ensure they’re sturdy to avoid leaks!)
  • Gallon-sized resealable plastic bags (to double up for added insulation)
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice (fill up a bowl)
  • Rock salt or table salt (keeps the ice colder)
  • Thick kitchen gloves or a towel (to prevent frosty fingers)

Now that we have all the ingredients and tools, let’s dive into setting up the game and creating the perfect ice cream treat!


Setting up the game

Gather ’round, ice cream enthusiasts! It’s time to set up the stage for your Ice Cream Extravaganza.

Prepare the Base Mixture:

In the quart-sized resealable bag, combine the fresh milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Seal the bag tightly, ensuring no leaks.

The Ice and Salt Layer:

Take the gallon-sized resealable plastic bag and fill it halfway with ice cubes or crushed ice. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of rock salt or table salt over the ice. Now, place the sealed quart-sized bag containing the base mixture into the larger bag with the ice and salt. Seal the gallon-sized bag tightly.

Shake, Shake, Shake!

This is where the fun begins! Put on your thick kitchen gloves or wrap the bag in a towel, and start shaking and swirling the bags around. Get groovy with it – dance, twist, and turn! Keep shaking for about 5-10 minutes, or until you notice the liquid inside the quart-sized bag turning into creamy ice cream.

Inspect and Enjoy:

Once you achieve that soft and creamy consistency, carefully remove the quart-sized bag from the larger bag. Wipe off any excess salt from the smaller bag and open it up to reveal your scrumptious homemade ice cream.


Rules of the game

Every exciting game has its set of rules, and the Ice Cream Extravaganza is no exception! Follow these simple guidelines to ensure your ice cream-making experience is smooth and delightful.

  • Seal It Securely:

    Double-check that both the quart-sized and gallon-sized bags are sealed tightly before shaking. Nobody wants any leaks that could lead to a salty ice cream disaster!

  • Glove Up:

    Handling ice can be frosty business! Protect your hands from the cold by wearing thick kitchen gloves or wrapping the bags in a towel while shaking.

  • Don’t Go Overboard with Mix-ins:

    While it’s tempting to add heaps of mix-ins, remember that adding too many may slow down the freezing process. Stick to a reasonable amount for a perfectly creamy result.

  • Mind the Salt:

    While salt is essential for the freezing process, avoid using too much as it may make the ice cream excessively salty. A few tablespoons are all you need!



Variations of the game

Feeling adventurous? Let’s explore some fantastic variations of the Ice Cream Extravaganza to keep the fun flowing!

Chocolate Lovers’ Dream: For all the chocoholics out there, swap the vanilla extract for chocolate syrup or cocoa powder. Add chocolate chips and crushed chocolate cookies for an indulgent treat.

Fruity Fiesta: Embrace the fruity goodness by adding your favorite fruits like strawberries, peaches, or bananas into the base mixture. Get creative with fruit-flavored extracts too!

Cookies and Cream Craze: Crush some chocolate or vanilla cookies and add them to the mix for classic cookies and cream delight.

Minty Fresh Adventure: Add a drop or two of peppermint extract and some crushed mint candies for a refreshing minty experience.


Tips for Success

Want to achieve ice cream excellence? Follow these pro-tips to create the perfect frozen treat!

Go Full-Fat: For the creamiest results, opt for full-fat milk or even heavy cream instead of low-fat alternatives.

Chill the Base Mixture: Before starting the shaking process, refrigerate the base mixture for about 30 minutes. A colder mixture helps in faster freezing.

Experiment with Timing: The shaking time can vary depending on factors like room temperature and the amount of ice and salt used. Keep an eye on the consistency, and adjust the shaking time accordingly.

Be Mindful of Allergies: If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, ensure all ingredients and mix-ins are safe for consumption.



Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of our playful and scrumptious Ice Cream Extravaganza guide! We hope you had a blast creating your homemade ice cream in a bag. This delightful activity is not only a fun-filled adventure but also an educational experience for all ages. So, gather your family and friends, and let the ice cream-making festivities begin! Remember to share the joy of this chilled treat and spread the love for homemade ice cream. Happy shaking and swirling!