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Ice cream is the ultimate summer treat, period. We scooped through the internet to find the best recipes for ice cream in a bag. Try them now!

Stay cool all summer: Make these delicious ice cream recipes in a bag

Ice cream is the ultimate summer treat, period. Its smooth texture, versatile flavors and easy preparation make it the perfect, cool summer go-to when you crave something sweet. The best part is that everyone, from kids to adults, can enjoy & savor it. 

But while getting ice cream only requires a quick trip to the grocery store, making ice cream is a bit more . . . complicated. After all, how many people happen to have an ice cream machine laying around, let alone the time to use it? 

Luckily, the internet has provided a solution: ice cream in a bag. Not only does it not require any fancy tech, but it’s also a fun activity for you and your kids during the summer! We scooped through the internet to find the best recipes for ice cream in a bag. Grab your ice cubes and let’s get cooking! 

Vanilla ice cream in a bag 

This first recipe for ice cream in a bag is a fantastic classic that you can mix anything into, from Oreos to fruit to caramel sauce, making it a perfect sweet treat no matter what your favorite ice cream flavor is! 


  • 2 gallon sized ziplock bags
  • 2 cups heavy cream half and half or whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6-8 cups ice
  • 1/3 cup rock salt


  1. In a gallon sized ziplock bag, add the ice and salt.
  2. In another gallon sized bag, add the heavy cream.
  3. Add in the sugar to the bag with the cream and shake the bag.
  4. Add in the vanilla and shake again. 
  5. Seal the bag completely so that the salt will not get into the bag and place in the bag with the ice. 
  6. Shake the bag for about five minutes or until frozen. 

Strawberry ice cream in a bag 

Want to mix two summer classics together into the ultimate summer treat? This next ice cream in a bag recipe is for you! 


  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup rock salt or kosher salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries


  1. Combine ice and salt in a gallon Ziplock bag; set aside. 
  2. Combine half and half, sugar, vanilla, and strawberries in a quart Ziploc bag; seal tightly. 
  3. Place quart bag inside gallon bag; seal. 
  4. Cover gallon bag in a kitchen towel. Shake vigorously until half and half mixture is thick and chilled, about seven to ten minutes. 
  5. Remove from bag to serve.

Raspberry ice cream in a bag 

This last recipe for ice cream in a bag is for those who want ice cream that has a little more zing and tang! For any fruit lovers, this is definitely for you! 


  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups coarsely crushed ice
  • 3/4 cup salt


  1. Using two 1-quart resealable plastic bags, place one bag inside the other. Place the first five ingredients inside the inner bag. Seal both bags, pressing out as much air as possible.
  2. Place the two bags in a gallon-size resealable plastic freezer bag. Add ice and salt. Seal bag, again pressing out as much air as possible.
  3. Shake and knead cream mixture until thickened, about five minutes. (If desired, wear mittens or wrap bags in a kitchen towel while shaking to protect your hands from the cold ice.)

Have any other delicious recipes for ice cream in a bag? Drop them below in the comments to keep everyone cool! 

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