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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.
4.31 from 199 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
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Pictures Updated On 9/14/2018

4.31 from 199 votes (169 ratings without comment)

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  1. 3 stars
    Ok, so not what I was planning. Seemed like a lot of work and the ice cream wasn’t great. Maybe I’ll make it again.

  2. 4 stars
    I loved the ice cream it tasted amazing! Not to be rude or anything but I think I got frostbite on my hands while shaking it up so you might want to put on gloves. Will try again with gloves and strawberries.

  3. 5 stars
    Ice to salt ratio worked perfectly to turn a 8oz kids protein shake into a ice cream treat in less than 10 minutes. I will have to try the actual ice cream recipe in the future. I ended up transferring the ice bag into an empty large(40oz) peanut butter container so it was easier to hold and shake as well as roll across the floor, but the bag was working really well to freeze without the jar. The end result had nice small crystals and was very satisfying. Adding to the recipe box. Thanks!

  4. I love the ice cream but it did not have enough flavoring so next time I will add more vanilla but other than that everything was perfect.

  5. 5 stars
    this worked out so good but i would recommend a towel or something so your hands dont die LOL

  6. 5 stars
    I usually don’t comment on recipes but this was really nice, I put Coco powder in it and left it in the freezer for a bit because I didn’t have much ice but it really tasted like chocolate ice cream

  7. 5 stars
    Tried it with cream and eye-balled all the ingredients. Also did the ice cream in a quart sized bag and the ice and salt (used table salt) in a gallon bag. It came out heavenly! This is a no fail recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Lots of fun with the kids! We used regular table salt and put the small bag into a plastic jar with ice and salt so they could roll the jar across the floor. Youngest added strawberry syrup and it all came out great!

  9. 2 stars
    It did not work, but I’m going to give it a second shot and put it in the freezer. I’ll let you know if it works.