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A DIY for the Kids: Strawberry Ice Cream in a Bag

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Have you ever tried to make ice cream in a bag? This awesome little DIY project is perfect to keep the kids busy on a hot summer day! (Vanilla is super easy to make but you’ll definitely want to kick the fun up a notch with this Strawberry Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe!)

Strawberry Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe

Happy Tuesday, I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Holiday!  The weather for us has been grey and rainy (thank goodness for the rain, we’ve been in a terrible drought.)  But, with the rain, our Memorial Day plans were canceled and I had a couple of bored and very unhappy children on my hands.  

I really hated having to break the bad news to them, since part of our plans included a sleepover with cousins… (Oh the tears and the drama!)

Luckily, I had a few ideas to banish those tears and entertain my little guys.

How to make Ice Cream in a Bag

Strawberry Ice Cream in a Bag

Have you ever made ice cream in a bag?

My kids loved making ice cream this way, and we hadn’t done this since last summer.  So it was time to break out the rock salt and ziplock bags for this awesome little project!

How to make ice cream in a ziplock bag.

This fun and delicious little project is a tiny bit messy, so I do recommend doing it outside.  It’s so worth it, I promise!

Looks amazing right?  ( I can’t wait to try this with mint and chocolate chips!)

Like it?  Don’t forget to pin it!

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How to make ice cream in a bag!

How to Make Strawberry Ice Cream in a Bag

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  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup half n half or milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbs of pureed strawberries (If you want plain vanilla, just leave out the strawberries)
  • 3 tbsp of sugar  (possibly less if you prefer your ice cream less sweet)
  • ice
  • rock salt
  • gallon size Ziploc bag
  • quart size Ziploc bag
  • kitchen towel



  1. Mix together the milk, cream, vanilla, sugar and strawberries in the quart size bag.  Close the bag and be sure it is completely sealed.  (Be careful not to get any strawberry puree in the “zippers”.)
  2. Fill the gallon-size bag 3/4 the way full of ice and add about 1/4 cup of rock salt to the bag of ice.
  3. Place the smaller bag of ice cream ingredients into the larger gallon bag and seal the bag.
  4. Wrap the kitchen towel around the bag and get to shaking the the bags like crazy for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the ice cream is ready.
  5. Open the bags carefully, you don’t want any ice water in your ice cream!  Serve immediately and enjoy.

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  1. Kimberly Lewis says:

    I love making ice cream in a bag! Yum! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Pauline Molinari says:

    So fun!! Can't wait to try this with my tween! Thanks for sharing on the #mondayfundayparty !

  3. Nellie's Cozy place says:

    oh my heavens, that looks absolutely scrumptious. I want some right now!! lol
    Blessings, Nellie

  4. Lindsey@cultivatenourishing.com says:

    This looks delicious! I just started a linkup for garden harvest recipes called Eating Inside the Box! It would be awesome if you would share this with us! Please add any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you'd like! Enjoy the harvest!

  5. Linda@2CookinMamas says:

    That sounds like such fun and a great way to entertain the kids. Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday.

  6. It's nice, too, that it's not loaded with chemicals. Thanks.

    Noreen at craftyjournal.com

  7. Crochet Hooks says:

    wow i had no idea you could make ice cream like this! I can see some fun times with the grandbabies coming up!

    1. They will love it! We made 2 of these bags and there was plenty for my hubby and I to have some too. Plus it is a great way to use up fruit that is on the "verge"…

  8. rewrittenredone says:

    We used to do this as kids. I havent done it in years though… will be trying it again soon! Thanks! zoe

  9. Michelle L. says:

    Oh, that looks fun! And good exercise that I would actually want to do, hee hee!

  10. Kathi Riemer says:

    This looks like a fun kid project! Pinned!! Thank you.

  11. i love strawberry ice cream! i am definitely trying this one!

  12. Patti Tucker says:

    Pinned and stumbled…yum!

  13. Sarah Nenni-Daher says:

    This looks divine… THe only thing I'm lacking is the heavy cream, so once I pick that up, I'll make these. Pinned! Oh and I found you via A Pretty Life's link party today.

    1. Thanks! I don't always use heavy cream. Sometimes I just use milk and half n half. It's still good, just less creamy.

  14. Karen Crossman says:

    I love this idea! Mt kids are going to love doing this this summer.

  15. Bobbie Jones says:

    Yum.Yum.Yummy!! I'm gonna try it this way 🙂

    Pinning it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Carolyn Robbins says:

    This looks like it would be a lot easier
    than the traditional way of making ice cream.
    Thanks for sharing your tips.

    Bear Hugs,

  17. Pinning this one for summer afternoon activity and snack! Thanks!

  18. reFresh reStyle says:

    Looks delicious! Pinning1

  19. What a fun way to make ice cream. I'm definitely pinning!! Thank you so much!!