5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag

A tasty treat, this 5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag is an easy, sweet treat the whole family can get involved in making. Everybody is sure to enjoy this simple dessert.

5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag shown in white ramekin with sprinkles

While Summer doesn’t officially start for a few more days, the summer temps (and humidity) have already invaded central VA.

Now that the kids are out of school, they’re ready to spend every waking minute outside in the sun playing, wrestling, fishing, climbing trees, and all the other outdoor activities a boy can think up.

On top of making sure they stay hydrated, sometimes they just need a little something extra to take the edge off and help cool down.

5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag shown in a white ramekin with sprinkles

A quick, easy, sweet, and COLD treat is always a summer-time hit.

I love this easy 5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag because it’s so simple they can actually take pride in making their own.

The mess is contained and easy to dispose of when they’re done.

5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag spooned into a white ramekin with sprinkles on and in the back ground

Science experiment, anyone?

This activity is so easy to incorporate, as a little extra sensory play and learning, in your daily routine without the kids actually realizing they’re being ‘schooled’.

Everybody wins!

Seriously, this 5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag is, without a doubt, one of the kids (and, secretly, mine too) favorite ways to beat the Summer heat.

The recipe makes one serving, so we gather everybody around the kitchen table, give each kid their pre-measured supplies, and let them each go at it following the directions.

They’re always fascinated the first time, and proud of their work.

melting 5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag served in a white ramekin with a metal spoon, and multicolored sprinkles in the background

This is also a perfect dessert to make on school nights when the kids have been extra well behaved, but the freezer’s empty.

Our 5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag will have everyone celebrating!

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5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag

A fun activity for the whole family, this easy ice cream is a synch to whip up & a refreshing science experiment.
4.23 from 67 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 132.38kcal


  • 1/2 cup whole milk half and half, or cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 cups of ice
  • sandwich sized ziplock bag
  • quart sized ziplock bag


  • In the sandwich sized ziplocking bag, add milk, sugar, and vanilla. Seal bag tightly.
  • In the quart sized bag, add the ice and salt.
  • Place the smaller bag inside the larger bag and seal tightly.
  • Shake the bag as hard as you can, without popping it open, for 5 minutes or until it reaches the consistency of ice cream.
  • Remove the smaller bag and give it a quick rinse to remove any pieces of salt. Make sure you rinse the opening as well.
  • Open the ice cream and eat it straight out of the bag with a spoon.


Calories: 132.38kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.37g | Protein: 3.84g | Fat: 3.97g | Saturated Fat: 2.28g | Cholesterol: 12.2mg | Sodium: 52.94mg | Potassium: 161.04mg | Sugar: 18.65g | Vitamin A: 197.64IU | Calcium: 137.86mg


Pictures Updated On 9/14/2018

23 thoughts on “5 Minute Ice Cream In A Bag

  1. 5 stars
    This might be better than real ice cream! I used all milk, and it was so good. I could’ve eaten 5 batches of this stuff! This deserves 10/5!

      1. Whole milk would work. If you want to use an alternative I’m not too sure if you can make it with an alternative but coconut milk might work. I’m not 100% sure though.

          1. Are you using a good quality plastic bag? I’ve found I have to use name brand, because the cheapies the salt will eat through.

  2. 5 stars
    o my my my it was sooooooo good 1000000 out of 5 i mesed up the first time but when i did it a second tine it was delicious you have to 100 percent follow the insrustions i would hily recomend

    1. Yes. It’s coarser, and therefore closer to the more traditional rock salt- but less likely to tear the bags apart.

  3. 5 stars
    This is amazing!!!! I figured it wouldn’t work, esp. since I made it with dairy-alternative creamer, but wow! Definitely a dangerous trick to know. I also added some chocolate syrup at the end! #heaven

  4. 5 stars
    Awsome experience if you don’t double bag it the ice cream will become salty and it is not 5 min it is more like 10 min! Have fun!

  5. 5 stars
    We did 2 cups in a quart size bag and doubled the ice salt recipe recipe in a gallon bag for 10 min and it turned out like ice cream/milk shake and it was amazing! Next time I’ll make sure we have a third tray of ice to add more once it starts to melt. We also used 3 tbsp erythratol and 1 tbsp sugar it tasted perfect

  6. 2 stars
    Okay, let’s start with the pros. It tastes really good, just like vanilla ice cream. Super delicious flavor.

    Now for the cons.
    For one, It was super foamy…half of the “ice cream” was just vanilla flavored foam. And the worst part, it barely formed! I did all the steps and used all the correct ingredients, shared for 10 mins straight, and it barely formed. I ended up with flavored milk that has random bits of ice cream in it.

    Pretty disappointed

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