Easy 3 Ingredient Ice Cream your Kids Can Make


With the girls home for the summer (and especially when we are out of camps and VBSs), I’m looking for things to do. Things they will like, and will give them incentive to do it, because they get to eat it!

(Keep in mind I’m no Pioneer Woman..with my cooking, nor my pictures).

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag

I give you, 3 Ingredient Ice Cream.

I perfected the recipe while teaching the high school students. We did it when we discussed phase changes (liquid to solid) and freezing point depression (adding salt to ice to make  the freezing point lower). So, if you homeschool, eat this up, too.

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag

Place the three ingredients into the smaller zippered bag (tell your daughter to open her eyes next time. oh, and clean your kitchen table up!)

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag

Take a strip of the duct tape that is longer than the width of the bag, fold it across the top, then in. Trust me. This is important, or your ice cream will be salt flavored.

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag

Put the smaller bag into the larger bag, then surround the smaller bag with ice and about 6T of rock salt and seal the outer bag. (This wasn’t enough ice.)

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag

Have you kid shake the bag like crazy. This is where the the gloves or towel come in handy. Your hands will get cold. It’s also nice to have a shaking partner as this yields two servings.

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag

You’ll want to shake that bag for about 10 minutes. This was about 3 minutes in. You can see it’s already starting to get firm.

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag

Once you are done shaking, remove your gloves. Remove the smaller bag from the larger one, and rinse it off in the sink in cold water. This will remove any salt so you don’t mix it in when serving it. Do this quickly, then serve it.

If you don’t use rock salt, don’t shake long enough and rinse with warm water, you’ll get running ice cream. Fortunately, the odds are that your kid will still be super pumped you make ice cream and will still want to add chocolate syrup and gobble it up.

3 ingredient ice cream in a bag


Easy 3 Ingredient Ice Cream your Kids Can Make

Easy 3 Ingredient Ice Cream your Kids Can Make
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • The ingredients
  • 1 c milk, whole or even half and half
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • I did this on a whim, so I didn't have the right stuff, which resulted in a little runny ice cream.
  • duct tape, the silver one <-- this isn't to tie the three year old down to take a nap...but I was tempted
  • gallon sized zipper bag, go brand name here, you don't want the cheap ones..trust me!
  • quart sized sipper bag
  • ice
  • rock salt, Kosher salt wasn't enough, either
  • winter gloves or towels
  • Another option if you have coffee cans, you can use a small one and a large one in place of the bags with same results.


  1. Inside a quart sized freezer bag: 1c milk (whole or even half and half) 1T sugar 1/2 t vanilla seal with duct tape (the silver one)
  2. Put this bag inside a gallon sized freezer bag then fill about 3/4 full with ice and put about 6T of rock salt.
  3. Seal the bag.
  4. Shake and mix for about 5-10 minutes...your hands will get cold.
  5. Then take the inside bag out of the other bag and rinse it off; then open it and serve.
  6. Put sprinkles or whatever on it.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. Now that looks like a lot of fun. I think that we will need to try it. 🙂

    1. Yes, you should! But use fattier milk..and have the kiddos wear gloves:)

  2. Yum! That looks easy enough & fun in this HOT weather!

    1. Super easy! Just better with milk with fat in it and gloves:)

  3. grandma Pat says:

    from cloth diapers to homemade ice cream. You are a pioneer woman. Little house on the prairie here we come.

  4. Harmony B says:

    This is great. I had no idea its was so simple, with stuff I already have at home.

  5. Lexis Elaine Dunn says:

    I really like this idea.most kids would love to make I’ve cream in fifteen minutes.even if it is a little bit runny.i don’t think any kid would turn down homemade ice cream

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