Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Ice Cream in a Bag!

By FPL_RachaelN

It makes sense that July is National Ice Cream Month and was declared so 37 years ago by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. What you may find even more interesting is that forms of ice cream have been around for millenia, all the way back to 618-97AD China. 

National Ice Cream Day falls on the third Sunday of July, July 18th for 2021, and a fun way to celebrate is to make this "Ice Cream in a Bag" recipe at home!

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Serves 1 Person


1 C half-and-half

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3 C ice

1/3 C kosher salt

Toppings of your choice


    1. In a small resealable plastic bag, combine half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Push out excess air and seal.
    2. Into a large resealable plastic bag, combine ice and salt. Place the small bag inside the bigger bag and shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened.
    3. Remove the small bag from the large bag and enjoy with your favorite ice cream toppings.

See how it's done and the science behind it with our Homemade Ice Cream episode of Knowledge Quest.


Have you tried this method and want to advance your skills? Check out the following books from the library!

No-churn Ice Cream

Food52 Ice Cream & Friends

The Perfect Scoop