A Sweet Treat to Share at a Meet & Greet!

Making Bag Ice Cream.7.20.2016

Summertime is always busy with play dates, barbeques, pool parties, and all around fun get togethers! It can be difficult to find ways to combine activities so that everyone has something to do or take part in at those fun meet and greets. Here’s an exciting activity that will have everyone smiling and shaking hands, it’s called “Ice Cream in a Bag” and it’s very easy to make. This simple activity will teach the young and old about team work and perseverance. You see, the bag holds the ice and the creamy mixture, but you’ve got to shake that bag with a partner to help churn the ice cream and make it freeze. It’s “hard”, cold work, but well worth it once you taste that creamy goodness! Everyone can get in touch with their creative side by adding chunks of fruit or sweet treats in their bag of ice cream. Once the ice cream is nice and firm, you can stop shaking the bag, scoop it into a bowl, and enjoy!

This is an all-time favorite activity we do every year in 4-H. 4-H’ers partner up and shake their bags of ice cream until their arms are good and tired and their mouths are watering for that sweet treat! This activity also teaches the youth that it’s good to work for something you really want. It’s very easy to go to the store and buy a carton of ice cream, but there’s something very satisfying about creating your own dessert. Plus you get to spend time with your friends laughing and making memories.

Ice in a Bag Recipe: Courtesy of National 4-H Curriculum

Materials Needed: For youth working in teams of two

  • 1 gallon heavy duty freezer bag
  • 1 quart zipper-style bag
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of ice cream salt
  • ½ tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ cup of light whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cups and spoons


  1. Pour the cream, vanilla extract, and sugar in the small zipper bag. Squeeze as much air out as possible, mix well and seal the bag carefully.
  2. Place the small zipper bag into the large bag. Cover with ice and salt. Seal the large bag tightly.
  3. Shake, toss, and flip the “ice cream machine” for 5 to 10 minutes. If the bag gets too cold to handle, wrap it with a towel or pass it from person to person if the mixture hasn’t frozen after 10 minutes, add more salt and ice.
  4. Open the larger bag and remove the smaller bag. Wipe the smaller bag thoroughly before opening it so the salty water does not contaminate the ice cream. The ice cream should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Eat right out of the bag or serve in small cups.