How to Make Plastic Bag Ice Cream

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Ice cream made at home is a special treat. You can make a single serving for yourself, or prepare enough bags for all of your guests. Young and old alike will enjoy the fun and novelty of making their own ice cream. Add a buffet of toppings for sundaes or candy for mix-ins and you will have an instant party!

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Things You'll Need

  • Tightly sealing plastic bags, gallon and quart size
  • 1 cup half and half or milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup rock salt or kosher salt
  • 3 cups of ice
  • Toppings of your choice

Step 1: Prepare the Ice Cream Mixture

Open the quart plastic bag and support it with a glass or bowl.

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Pour the 1 cup of half and half into the bag.

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Add 1/4 cup sugar.

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And 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

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Seal the bag tightly.

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Shake the bag to mix ingredients.

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Step 2: Prepare the Outer Bag

Put about 3 cups of ice into the gallon bag. Add 1/2 cup of rock salt or kosher salt.

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Place the quart bag with the ice cream mixture into the gallon bag with the ice and salt. Seal the bag tightly.

(Image: Debbie Williams)
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Step 3: Shake the Bags

Shake and manipulate the bags, toss them in the air and play with them. This should take about 5 minutes. You can wrap them in towels if they get too cold to handle. You can also place them in the freezer to firm the texture if you want hard ice cream.

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Step 4: Serve

Scoop the ice cream out of the bag and into a serving dish.

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Add toppings of choice.

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(Image: Debbie Williams)
(Image: Debbie Williams)

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