Homemade Bag Ice Cream Camping Food for Kids
Homemade Bag Ice Cream Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Homemade bag ice cream is a fun edible science project that kids of all ages will love making as much as they love eating. Make sure to use mittens or a towel so little hands don't get freezer burn! You can also sub your favorite ice cream recipe and simply use the homemade bag ice cream method. (Adapted from Food.com)

Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 380 kcal
Author: Diana Johnson
  • 1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 gallon zip top bags
  • ice
  • 2 cups coarse salt like rock salt or kosher salt
  • 4 quart zip top bags
  1. In a large bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together the sugar, vanilla extract, and whole milk, until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  2. Fill each gallon zip top bag half full with ice, then add 1/2 cup of salt to each bag of ice. Make sure to use a coarse salt, not table salt.

  3. Divide the ice cream mix between the quart bags, and seal well, pressing the air out as you seal them.

  4. Tuck the ice cream bags into the ice, getting them surrounded by it, then seal the gallon bags, again pressing the air out.

  5. Using mittens or other hand protection, shake the bags for a few minutes. You can periodically feel the inner bag to see if it is freezing.

  6. Once the ice cream mix has frozen, unseal the ice bag and pull out the inner bag. Carefully wipe the inner bag with a towel before opening it so you don't get salt water on your ice cream as you scoop it out.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Bag Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1360IU27%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 93mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.