Monday, June 17, 2013

Fun & Frugal Summer Activities for Kids #10 Ice Cream in a Bag

We've had a few pretty hot days round these parts.  If your kids are anything like my little people they are always asking for something to help them cool off.  A friend of mine mentioned to me recently that you can make ice cream in a bag.  REALLY??!!  

I do not ever remember hearing of such a thing, but indeed you can make ice cream in a bag!

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.) 
  • Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
  • 2 pint-size ziplock bag (I double bagged it after we had a leak the first time) 
  • 1 gallon-size ziplock bag

1. Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly.
2. Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it's done.
3. Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Easy cleanup too! 
Each recipe serves 1. 

You also can add chocolate syrup, fresh fruit or another favorite topping.
If you are interested makes Ice Cream in a Bag into a science lesson! 

Have fun!



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