I found a recipe for ZIPLOCK BAG ICE CREAM
and thought it sounded like a fun thing to do at a party. The caption said, "Have the kids make their own ice cream in about 5 minutes with ziplock bags and simple ingredients"! Well, let me say that it wasn't as easy as it sounds.
My daughter and her friends got all the ingredients together. We had a veteran in the group who had done it before and told us that when she did it last time, one person lost their ice cream into the bag of ice and others complained that their ice cream tasted like salt. So we double bagged the "ice cream" part and got started.
"OMG my hands are freezing" they said almost immediately.
I got some stretch gloves out of the cupboard and the tossing, shaking and rotating continued. They did it for almost 8 minutes and 2 out of 3 didn't look like ice cream. We had "some" texture going on but not much. We opted to throw just the bags of "ice cream" in the freezer for 10 more minutes. Took them out of the freezer and 2 out of 3 turned out almost perfect. The third one was the similar to a malt in consistency.
Would I do it again? The kids thought it was FUN but I'm kind of a been there, done that kind of girl and this has been done. It was fun for the first time so give it a try and let me know what you think.
What you will need:
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup half & half
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons rock salt
- 1 quart-size ziplock bag
- 1 gallon-size ziplock bag
- Ice cubes
How to make it:
1. Fill the large bag half full of ice and add the rock salt. Set aside.
2. Put half & half, vanilla and sugar into the small bag and seal it.
3. Place the small bag inside the large one and seal it again carefully.
4. Shake the bag until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
5. Wipe off the top of the small bag and open it carefully. Eat it!
*Makes about 2 scoops of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. Don't increase the proportions too much though-- a large amount could be too heavy for kids to pick up.*
Ready for business