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Delectable DIY Ice Cream in a Plastic Baggie

Aug 3, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (Not quite, but close!) Summertime always has me feeling excited about so many things. The gorgeous weather — especially now that it’s finally coming around — family beach outings and of course, frozen treats!

This season, I’m particularly excited because I learned how to make homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker, and in less than 15 minutes with minimal ingredients. It’s so easy my three-year-old can do it! OK, maybe not all by himself, but it’s definitely a DIY the kids can get involved in and excited about. Plus there’s a bit of science involved so it’s also a learning experience! #winning

Vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a bowl with a cone sticking out

Here's what you need:

  • bag of ice
  • large resealable plastic freezer bag
  • smaller resealable plastic bag
  • coarse salt (I used half the box, but I’m sure you can use less than that)
  • 1 ½ cups of heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • sprinkles or fruit toppings, if desired

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In the large freezer bag, you’re going to pour in half a bag of ice followed by the coarse salt. The science is in the activation of the salt and the ice causing the ice to get much colder!

In a bowl or a measuring cup, you’ll mix in the heavy cream, the vanilla extract and the sugar and pour that into the smaller bag. Make sure you seal it tight (removing excess air) so the contents don’t go pouring all over the place — yikes!

The small bag of the vanilla, sugar and cream mixture with the excess air pushed out

Now, place the small bag into the large bag in between the ice. Make sure you seal the large bag as well, making sure there’s no excess air in the bag. For the next step, I didn’t use a dish cloth, but you may want to because the bag gets super cold. In any case, you need to shake the bag for about 5-10 minutes until the smaller bag is thick and stiff.

The small bag inside the big bag with ice in between the two


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Once it thickens up, your ice cream is ready to eat! Some eat it in the bag, but if it’s stiff enough you can place it on a cone or scoop it up into a bowl. It should be noted that the longer you shake it in the ice, the thicker and stiffer it will be so it can be more like the soft serve or regular ice cream from a carton.

Ice cream that's thickened up in the bag, ready to eat

I topped our DELECTABLE homemade ice cream with sprinkles, but you can top it with berries or other chopped fruit. Want chocolate ice cream? Add in some chocolate syrup! The possibilities are endless! This year there is no excuse as to why you can’t have ice cream whenever you want. And that, may actually be a problem… #sorrynotsorry #proceedwithcaution

Article Author Daniella Osman
Daniella Osman

Daniella Osman, born and raised in Toronto, is your everyday woman. Although she started off studying nursing, she later decided to pursue her dreams of being a TV host. She studied television and broadcasting at Seneca College and now has a YouTube channel, Danie O, which aims to inspire and motivate women to reach their highest potential. When she's not catering to the needs of the virtual world, she takes on her most favourite role which is catering to the needs of her three-year-old little bundle of joy. You can follow her on danieo.com.

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