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Ice Cream in a Bag
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1/2 cup

Ice Cream in a Bag

Recipe Type

Did you know you can make ice cream in a bag?



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Crushed ice (1 bag of ice will freeze 3 bags of ice cream)
  • 1 cup rock salt
  • 1 quart Ziploc freezer bag
  • 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag
  • Duct tape
  • Bath towel
  • Toppings of choice (such as strawberries, blueberries, crushed cookies, chocolate syrup)


Place the milk, half and half, sugar and vanilla in the 1-quart freezer bag and seal. For security, fold a piece of duct tape over the seal. Place the bag with the ingredients inside a gallon freezer bag. Pack the larger bag with crushed ice around the smaller bag. Pour 3/4 to 1 cup of rock salt evenly over the ice. Seal the outer bag. Wrap in a bath towel and shake for at least 10 minutes.

Open the outer bag and remove the inner bag with the ingredients. Wipe off the bag to be sure salt water doesn’t get into the ice cream. Cut the top off and spoon into cups. Serve plain or top with your choice of toppings.

Dietary and Nutrition


Dairy foods are among the best calcium sources. A cup of milk, for example, contains about 300 milligrams of calcium. Calcium is found in other food groups, too. Adequate vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Calcium is a mineral that is important for growth and maintenance of your bones throughout life. Calcium is important for blood clotting, nerve transmission, maintaining muscle tone and regulating certain body processes. 

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Got Calcium? (FN587, Revised Jan. 2022)

Calcium is a mineral that is important for growth and maintenance of your bones throughout life. About 99 percent of the calcium in the body is found in the bones and teeth.

Eat Smart: Bone Up on Calcium (FN1434, Reviewed Aug. 2019)

Children ages 9 to 13 need 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day to keep their bones and teeth strong. Children ages 4 to 8 need 800 milligrams of calcium per day. They also need vitamin D, which helps the body use the calcium.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.