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Dance Party Ice Cream in a Bag

This simple ice cream in a bag is also a fun activity — you’ve got to shake it to make it! A family dance party means you can easily make ice cream while having a great time doing it. We’ve done a version of this activity at our Community Dinners for years, making whipped cream to serve for dessert, and it’s always a hit.


Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • ice
  • Mix-ins, as desired: Chocolate chips, chopped fresh berries, nuts or crushed candy


  1. Combine the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla extract in a small (sandwich-sized) zip-top bag. For extra security, we recommend double-bagging!
  2. Seal the bag tightly, getting rid of as much air as possible.
  3. Fill a gallon-sized zip-top bag halfway with ice. Add 1/4 cup kosher salt to the ice.
  4. Place the bag of ice cream ingredients on top of the ice and salt. Cover with more ice to fill the gallon bag.
  5. Seal the gallon bag securely. Now comes the fun part: Shaking! It will take about six to eight minutes of vigorous shaking to “churn” the ice cream. That’s why we recommend doing it as a family during a dance party — you can pass it around and take turns while you jump and dance to the music. Consider having gloves available in case anyone gets cold hands.
  6. Once the ice cream has thickened, carefully remove the smaller bag from the larger one. It will probably have salt on it; you’ll want to rinse the bag thoroughly with cold water before opening it to make sure you don’t accidentally get salt in your ice cream.
  7. Scoop the ice cream out into a bowl. It will probably be somewhat slushy; a little stirring will even out the texture. Add any mix-ins you like and serve!