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Edible Craft: Ice Cream in a Bag - vanilla
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Ice Cream in a Bag

What you will make:

What goes best with kids and a hot summer day? Well, ice cream, of course! With this recipe and technique, each child gets to make an individual serving of ice cream, and it only takes a few minutes from start to finish. Go ahead, get going—you’ll have a ball!

Ingredients & Supplies:
  • ½ cup milk, very cold
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pint and 1 gallon zippered plastic bags
  • 6 to 8 cups ice
  • 6 tablespoons rock or kosher salt
  • Optional: Gloves or mittens, fruit juice, chocolate syrup or powder

This project is rated EASY to make.

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Read all of the directions before starting.
  1. Put the milk, vanilla, and sugar into the pint bag. Seal the bag carefully, and shake to mix.
  2. Fill the gallon bag about half-full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag and shake to mix. Crushed ice or smaller cubes will work best.
  3. Place the pint bag inside the gallon bag and seal. Make sure the zipper is closed completely.
  4. Shake the bags for about 5 minutes until the mixture is frozen into ice cream. The bag will get very cold, so you may want to wear gloves or mittens.
  5. Remove the pint bag, and wipe off the top to remove all salt. Open the bag and enjoy your treat!
The possibilities for flavors are endless. Why not experiment?
  • You can make chocolate ice cream by replacing the sugar with powdered chocolate drink mix or chocolate syrup.
  • Make a fruit sorbet by using fruit juice in place of the milk, sugar, and vanilla mixture. Pineapple juice and orange juice are good choices.
  • Make chocolate chip ice cream by adding 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips to the milk mixture.
  • How about butter pecan? Toast 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans in 2 teaspoons of oil. Add a dash of salt and cool, then add to the milk mixture.

That's it! Enjoy your frozen dessert!
Ice cream in a bag - easy to make

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  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to make the recipe.

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