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Try This: Ice Cream in a Bag

Girls Inc. shares an extra-tasty science activity you can try at home!

August 28, 2021 |
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Girls Inc Ice Cream in a Bag


Toward the end of the summer, some of our Girls Inc. elementary participants were treated to an extra tasty science activity. They made ice cream using 5 simple ingredients. Below is everything you need to know to recreate this activity at home.

You will need:

  • 1 cup half and half (or you can use 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 cream)
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • Ice
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • Ziploc freezer bags – one small and one large
  • Gloves or oven mitts

How to make it:

  • Pour the half and half into a small sealable bag.
  • Add vanilla extract and sugar to the bag.
  • Seal firmly and release any excess air.
  • In the larger sealable bag, add ice until the bag is about half full. Add the salt.
  • Add small bag to the larger bag, top off with ice, and seal the larger bag.
  • Put on your gloves and start shaking for about 6 minutes.
  • Once the liquid has started to solidify, remove the smaller bag and rinse it carefully with cold water. This will ensure your ice cream doesn’t get salty.
  • Open the small bag and enjoy your ice cream!
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