Ice cubes in a tray

Ice cubes in a tray

This is a one serving recipe, just like the coffee mug chocolate cake we made at Christmas was a single serving.

But, if you or your grandchildren have a craving for ice cream, you can have it in the 10 minutes it takes to make it, plus two minutes to assemble the ingredients and supplies.

You will need:

  • 1 gallon resealable plastic bag
  • 1 quart resealable plastic bag


  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ to 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa or
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the freezing:

  • 6 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 trays of ice cubes (24 cubes)

The bag gets cold when you hold it, so get out:

  • One pair of winter mittens or oven mitts.

Optionally, you can add chocolate or butterscotch chips, or change the vanilla or cocoa to strawberry extract.

1. Add the milk, sugar, cocoa or vanilla to the one quart bag and seal.

2. Add the salt and ice cubes to the gallon bag.

3. Put the quart bag into the  gallon bag and seal the gallon bag.

4. Shake for 7 to 10 minutes. (the first time I stopped after eight, when the oven mitts started getting wet from condensation and it was ice cream, but soft. The second time I stopped after nine minutes and mine was hard ice cream, but my grandson’s was soft.)

Shaking for 10 minutes is harder than it looks.

That’s why this is a great activity to do with grandchildren. My arms started getting tired after a couple of minutes, so I started rolling it around on the counter, then picked it up again after a few minutes.

The next time your child or grandchild asks, “When are we going to get there?” and you tell them you’re almost there because it’s only 30 minutes away,  remember that 10 minutes of shaking ice cream is like 10 child minutes all the time, and have some sympathy.

Enjoy the ice cream! Yummmm!

If you want to see this done in a video, click here, How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag.

10 minutes!

Enjoy making new summer memories with your grandchildren!

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Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers”

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