Recently, Tastemade, an online food and travel publication, posted on their Snapchat story a video titled, "Who Knew You Could Make Ice Cream In A Bag?" Intrigued, my friend and I decided to give it a go — because, you know, science.

Below is the recipe along with step by step instructions combined with our #SpoonTip notes. 

Ice Cream in a Bag

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Total Time:15 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons salt
  • Ice
  • 1 sandwich-sized bag
  • 1 gallon-sized bag
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  • Step 1

    In the sandwich size bag, combine cream, milk and sugar.

    #SpoonTip: Add chocolate chips or peppermint extract for other flavors besides vanilla.

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  • Step 2

    Scoop ice into the galloon-sized bag half way full and pour in salt.

    #SpoonTip: On our second try, we used an extra teaspoon or two and we noticed it worked faster.

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  • Step 3

    Put sealed sandwich bag in the larger bag containing ice and salt. Seal the larger bag and begin shaking. Continuously shake for about 6-10 minutes.

    #SpoonTip: I shook mine faster than my friend and she started about 5 minutes before me but mine froze faster. Don't take breaks because it slows the chemical reaction. Use gloves to protect yourself from the coldness!

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  • Step 4

    Serve and enjoy!

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The Finished Product

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I have to admit I was a little skeptical if this food experiment would work. My favorite was our bag that we added chocolate chips to — it actually tasted like chocolate chip ice cream. The peppermint tasted more like mouth wash than the type of gum so we gave that one a thumbs down. 

Did yours not turn out as planned? Check out this video on how the professionals did it. Good luck and enjoy!