Ice Cream in a Bag

Last updated: September 28, 2020, at 7:48 p.m. PT

Originally published: September 28, 2020, at 7:46 p.m. PT

Homemade ice cream in a Ziploc bag plus a raspberry

You only need five ingredients to make this homemade ice cream, and you can add your favorite toppings like sprinkles or fruit!  


Prep Time: 10 mins                           
Cook Time: 6 mins                        
Total Time: 16 mins 
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 190 cal. 


  • 1 cup half and half (You can also use whole milk. The ice cream won’t be as creamy but will still be tasty.)
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • ice 
  • 1/4 cup salt (The type of salt doesn’t matter. But the chunkier the salt you use, the less chance you’ll get salt mixed into your ice cream by accident.)
  • Ziploc bags 1 Small, 1 Large 


  1. Pour 1 cup of half and half into a small Ziploc bag. Add 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of sugar.  

  2. Seal the bag firmly and get any excess air out.  

  3. In the larger Ziploc bag, fill it about half way with ice. Add 1/4 cup of salt. 

  4. Then add your small bag into the large bag and fill with extra ice on top. Seal the large bag. 

  5. Shake for 6 minute. (Gloves are needed since the salt makes the ice extra cold.)

  6. 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). 

  7. Once done rinsing, carefully open the small bag to not get any remaining salt from the outside of the bag inside the bag. 

  8. 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 

  9. Have fun and experiment with different flavors! 

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