Make Freezer Bag Ice Cream!

June 17, 2016
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When summer rolls around our favorite treats almost always involve ice cream. We don’t always have ice cream on hand and since we live in a rural area we don’t have an ice cream man who comes by to see us.  One of our favorite things to do is make this easy and tasty Freezer Bag Ice Cream.  Not only can we customize our own flavors easily, but we can burn off some extra energy shaking these bags of ice cream until they freeze.  This is a great way to reward kids for a great job cleaning or a day of hard work and a fun way to work together in the kitchen.

To make your own you’ll need a few things you likely already have on hand.  For more fun you can pick up some mini candy bars, sprinkles, fresh fruit or syrups to create a personalized flavor in each bag.




1 Quart Freezer Bags for each flavor

1 Gallon Freezer Bags for each flavor

2 Cups Crushed Ice per flavor

½ Cup Rock Salt per flavor

1 Cup Whole Milk or Half & Half

¼ Cup Sugar

¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Mix “Ins” as Desired

Small Hand Towel to hold bag in while mixing if it gets too cold for your little ones’ hands

Let your kids decide what flavor ice cream they want to make and add 1-2 tablespoons syrup to create a different flavor, or stick with classic tasty vanilla.  Mix in candies, fruit and sprinkles are best added after ice cream is made.



  • In small bowl mix together milk, sugar, and vanilla
  • Place ice and rock salt into gallon freezer bag
  • Pour milk mixture into quart freezer bag and seal bag
  • Place quart freezer bag into gallon freezer bag with salt/ice mixture
  • Seal gallon bag and shake for 5-6 minutes or until it begins to harden.
  • Serve straight from bag


Not only will kids enjoy making their very own ice cream flavors, they will have fun shaking the bags to see who can make theirs first.  This freezer bag ice cream is a fun activity for hot days, and a great way to get the kids’ creative juices flowing.

Make your own favorite flavors and create fun new flavor combinations to share with the family.


Katie Hale is a homeschooling mother of one, freelance writer and blogger at You Brew My Tea who enjoys the simple things in life and finds joy in the world around her as the ultimate classroom.