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Summer Snack Time! How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

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Ice cream is a classic summer treat that has been around for a very long time ...

One of the first accounts of frozen desserts recalls the Roman Emperor Nero dining on fruity treats that resembled ice cream in the first century AD. Others, though, claim the first true ice cream came about in eighth century China when the Tang Dynasty first documented their frozen dairy treats.

From these humble origins, the dessert gradually grew and evolved into a spectrum of sorbets, gelatos, frozen yogurts and ice creams that you can make at home as part of a fun and family-friendly activity!

Let's take a look at a really easy ice cream recipe:

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag 

Ingredients

- 1 cup half and half
- 1 1/2 tbsp. white sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup salt (rock salt if available, but table salt will also work)
- 3 cups crushed or small-cubed ice

Materials

- 1 gallon-sized resealable freezer bag
- 1 quart-sized resealable freezer bag
- Oven mitts or gloves (to keep your hands warm!)
- Scissors
- Bowl or ice cream cone

Steps

Step 1: Mix the half and half, sugar and vanilla together in the quart-sized bag and seal it tightly.
Step 2: Place the ice inside the gallon-sized bag and evenly distribute the salt over the ice.
Step 3: Place the smaller bag inside the big bag with the ice and seal tightly.
Step 4: Shake vigorously for 10-15 minutes until ice cream achieves desired texture. (Don’t forget your oven mitts for this part!)
Step 5: Remove the quart bag from inside the gallon bag and dry it off.
Step 6: Use scissors to cut off a bottom corner of your bag of ice cream and squeeze contents into a bowl or onto a cone.
Step 7: Enjoy your tasty homemade treat!

Variations

Looking to mix it up a little? There are a few elements of this recipe that can be varied as desired:

Methods: If your arms can’t take all the shaking, you can roll your ice cream instead. Just place your ice cream bags into a large coffee can and roll it back and forth with a friend.

Flavors: If you’re craving something a little more exciting than vanilla, there are nearly endless possibilities for mix-ins or toppings you can try. Any liquid flavorings can be added before shaking, while solid mix-ins are better stirred into the finished product. Common additions include chocolate syrup, fresh fruit, crumbled cookies or candy.

Texture: You can change the texture and creaminess of your ice cream by switching what type of dairy you use. Try milk for something a bit lighter; for a thick, decadent treat you can try whole cream or even whipping cream.

And that’s all there is to it! Of course, if you’d prefer your homemade ice cream recipe to be a bit easier, you can always opt for a home ice cream maker to take care of the work for you. But either way, you’ll be enjoying an amazing frozen treat in no time!

This electric ice cream maker from Nostalgia Electrics takes all the work out of making ice cream, leaving you with the easy part - eating it!

The freezable marble slab on this ice cream mixing set by Picnic Time lets you add your mix-ins or toppings like a pro.

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