I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! In honor of National Ice Cream Month, I decided to shake things up a bit in the craft department, Although I usually blog about fun crafts to make with the kiddos, this activity makes a sweet treat to share on a hot summer day!
This fun activity you can make with kids of all ages! Happy Summer!
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 cups crushed ice
4 tablespoons salt (rock salt works better)
- 2 quart size Zip-loc bags
- 1 gallon size Zip-loc freezer bag
- A hand towel or gloves to keep fingers from freezing as well!
1. Mix the milk, vanilla and sugar together in one of the quart size bags. Seal tightly, allowing as little air to remain in the bag as possible. Too much air left inside may force the bag open during shaking.
2. Place this bag inside the other quart size bag, again leaving as little air inside as possible and sealing well. By double-bagging, the risk of salt and ice leaking into the ice cream is minimized.
3. Put the two bags inside the gallon size bag and fill the bag with ice, then sprinkle salt on top. Again let all the air escape and seal the bag.
4. Wrap the bag in the towel or put your gloves on, and shake and massage the bag, making sure the ice surrounds the cream mixture. Five to eight minutes is adequate time for the mixture to freeze into ice cream.
Tips for success:
Freezer bags work best because they are thicker and less likely to develop small holes, allowing the bags to leak. You can get away with using regular Zip-loc bags for the smaller quart sizes, because you are double-bagging. Especially if you plan to do this indoors, we strongly recommend using gallon size freezer bags.
**If you are interested in adding goodies to your ice cream you can add them in step one. Some fun choices are: Chocolate sauce, sprinkles, Nutella, and crushed up cookies. **