I think I speak for both Sara and myself when I say that we have been completely overwhelmed by the response to our theme this week! It’s so much fun for us to hear from all of you, especially those of you who have been lurkerlicious up until this point! However…I have to say that I feel a bit of trepidation because so many of you have talked about how excited you are to see some kid-friendly meals and, to be totally honest, we only really have one real-food post planned this week. Oh, well–I guess that’s why we’ll have to do this again really soon!

Anyway, in case you hadn’t noticed from the thread title, this is NOT the real food thread. This is another frozen treat. However, I feel that in the throes of summery awfulness, you can probably count ice cream (AND pudding pops) as real food. More than anything, though, this is something fun you can do with your kids. For these pictures, I borrowed commandeered my friend Tara’s house, kitchen, and children because a) my kids are on the small side and b) this is something that’s definitely more fun with more people. There was some hesitation on their part, including when we added the rock salt to the ice and when the ice cream bags landed on the ground a couple of times. But once the kiddos got situated with their ice cream adorned the way they wanted it, we had a few moments of complete silence followed by amazed exclamations of, “This is the best ice cream EVER!”

Hand-Tossed Ice Cream

2 c. 2% milk
2 c. whipping cream
1 c. sugar
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
Desired ice cream toppings and mix-ins (we used sugared strawberries, blueberries, and crushed or chopped Butterfingers, Twix Bars, York Peppermint Patties, Reese’s PB Cups, and Skor Bars)

2 1-quart Ziploc freezer bags (I used Walmart brand and wished I’d sprung for the big guns)
2 1-gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bags (ditto on the name brand)
10 lb. ice
2 c. ice cream salt
Waterproof tape (like duct tape)
Gloves (optional, but I don’t think anyone would have minded a pair today!)

1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, milk, whipping cream, and vanilla. Have one of your larger little helpers hold open one quart-sized bag and pour half of the mixture into the bag and zip shut, squeezing out all the air. Use duct tape to tape the opening shut (we actually, in a pinch, used electrical tape and it was fine!). Repeat with second bag.

2. Place one filled bag inside one gallon-sized bag and sprinkle 1 c. of ice cream salt around each smaller bag. Add as much ice as you can comfortably fit into the gallon-sized bag, squeeze to remove excess air, and zip shut. Maneuver the ice around to make sure there’s ice on all sides of the smaller bag inside. Place in freezer while you repeat the process with the second bag.

3. When the second bag has been prepared, head outside. Be sure to bring the leftover ice and rock salt because you’re probably going to need to drain some of the salty water and replenish the ice supply while you’re tossing the ice cream. Let each kid take a turn (or a couple) tossing the bags of ice cream into the air or to each other. It gets C-O-L-D, so a pair of gloves won’t hurt anybody!

4. After about 10-15 minutes, remove the quart-sized bag and rinse off the saltwater. Cut a hole in one corner of the bag and squeeze the ice cream into individual dishes. Let everyone add their desired toppings and have at it! It might be a little melty, but I promise, not a single person will complain! 🙂


Other Posts from Kids Week:
Homemade Hot Pockets
Frozen Pudding Pops
Edible Playdough and Finger Paint


  1. 1
    Erin says:

    That looks SO good. And it's fun for the kids. I'm wishing I had some whipping cream in my fridge right now. Who cares if it's 10:30 PM? I'd make it anyway!

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    Kim says:

    I love making ice cream in a bag! I do it with my students at the end of every year–always a big hit!

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    Sarah says:

    Yum. We are so trying this one. I might win 'mom of the day' award. =)

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    Jenni says:

    Oh Yummy! I'm excited to try this one out.

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    Rick & Liz says:

    This is such a fun idea! And I bet it's YUMMY!
    Can't wait to try this!

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    Rick & Liz says:

    This is such a fun idea! And I bet it's YUMMY!
    Can't wait to try this!

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    lesley says:

    Love it! Sometimes we use an old food storage can for the ice and salt and roll it. Fun no matter how you try it!

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    Jeff, Jenny and Pearl says:

    Now this looks like something kids would enjoy making!

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    Amy Headlee says:

    Mmmm! Looks good!

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    The Un-Organized Mom says:

    What a fun and YUMMY idea!! My kids are all older and would absolutely love doing this!


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    rach says:

    We did this in preschool. I love it!

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    Alison says:

    Ohhh, I can't wait to play catch! This is going to be fun.

  13. 13
    The Amoah-Boadi Family says:

    exciting!! i don't have an ice cream maker so this is awesome!

  14. 14
    Morgan and Derek says:

    We had a serious ice-cream-making disaster last week, and I really wish I had had this then. Henry was heartbroken over the lack of homemade ice cream… YUM! And so fun.

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    Melissa says:

    My 2 year old will LOVE this…and let's be honest so will my 28 year old (AKA my husband ;o)

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    MommytoTommy says:

    Yum!! Sounds like a lot of fun!!

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    Todd and Shana says:

    MMMMMM! We just made ice-cream on Saturday. Should have thought of this to keep the kids entertained while waiting for it, instead of using the old ice-cream freezer!

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    Michelle says:

    This looks like so much fun. We've done it in rolling coffee cans but not the bag toss. I love it!

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    Leigh says:

    How much fun is that?!

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    bbp says:

    Have done it with large and regular coffee cans where you roll the can. Love that soft ice cream!!

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    C. says:

    This looks so fun! I especially love the mix-in options and having a way to get the kids involved.

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    The Allgaiers says:

    I'm pretty new to your blog, but I'm so excited about this week's theme! Both the pudding pops and the ice cream look so easy and so fun! My kids are going to love it!

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    Somewhere In The Sun says:

    Oh my kids are going to have a BLAST with this! Can't wait to try it.

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    Sarah says:

    We used to do this every summer when we were younger! So much fun for the little ones.

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    Teresa says:

    mmmm, pick me! pick me!

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    Stacy says:

    Oh I totally forgot about this!!! I have seen this before, but it slipped my mind on how fun this would be to try out with the kiddos! Thanks for the yummy reminder! They're gonna love you for it! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kimberly says:

    My kids would love this, but I can definately see how it would be fun for big groups. Thanks!

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    roxanne says:

    I always forget about this too, but when I remember it reminds me of school. It is such a fun activity for teachers to do.

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    Denise @ Life on Stepping Stone Lane says:

    FUN!! I think even a bunch of teenagers would love doing this!!

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    Abby says:

    yumm, homemade ice cream IS the best! too bad i don't have any kids to make it with. oh well, who needs kids, right??

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    Sarah says:

    This post is perfect since my kids love to play with their food!!

  32. 32
    Joy says:

    I'm definitely saving this idea for when my littles are big enough to do it!

  33. 33
    Kathi and Ryan says:

    Oh, this would be so fun to do with all my nieces and nephews (and my kids too…) Thanks, Little Miss Kate.

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    betchacanteatjustone says:

    Oh I've done this before with kids! So awesome, the kids are always super impressed!

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    Robin says:

    This is one of my favorite summertime activities. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jess says:

    I was just trying to figure out how the heck I would entertain my kids today. This sounds like a great solution.

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    Lindsey says:

    My weakness: ice cream. I will have to try this one.

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    Erin says:

    This was my end of the year treat for my science class, one final experiment. So much fun!

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    Jennifer says:

    This sounds like delicious fun!!

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    Natalie says:

    my kids love this! I didn't have whipping cream in my recipe, though. I bet that makes a huge difference. Thanks!

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    Steph says:

    We did this a few weeks ago for family night, and the kids thought it was great (definitely glad we had gloves!) But since they're a little younger, I did most of the shaking 🙂

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    Wehrle says:

    I had no idea you could make ice cream this way!! How fun!! I can't wait to try it! This Vegas heat is KILLING me and I think this will help!!

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    Kirsten says:

    This brings back memories of summer camp. Thanks for reminding me.

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    Summer says:

    I love doing this. I always did it with my students on the last day of school!

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    The Wifey says:

    Mmmm….so going to try this.

  46. 46
    Kara says:

    Oh my gosh, Will is going to love this!

  47. 47
    Sara says:

    I'm so glad you posted this! I've done this with my kids once before and then promptly lost the recipe and haven't done it since. No excuses now! Yum.

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    Leah says:

    That looks like so much fun. I think we will have to try this!

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    tanalicious says:

    mmmm. delish! and since i dont have a regular ice cream maker, what a great way to do it!

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    Karli says:

    Love it. You can also wrap the plastic bags in newspaper and masking tape, making it into a ball, which helps keep the coldness inside and not freezing your fingers!

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    Jenny says:

    oh how fun. my kids would love it!

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    Rachel says:

    We used to do this when I was a kid, except we would put the ice cream baggies in a #10 tin can (coffee can sized) loaded with rock salt and ice, and then roll them back and forth to each other. My dad would fish out the winter gloves for us so our hands wouldn't get so cold.

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    Jana says:

    Your website makes me so hungry! 😉

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    Price Family Connection says:

    Fun! So…how 'bout them giveaways? Excited to see so many of us coming out onto the forum for these great recipes.

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    Heidi says:

    These are fun for kids of all ages!

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    Randy and Diann says:

    I've never seen or heard of this before – what a fun activity to do out in the sun and then be able to cool off with a real nice treat. Can't wait to give this a try. Thanks!

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    Jennie Kunz says:

    What a fun idea!! thanks!

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    Katrina says:

    Great idea! We have one of those ice cream balls that the kids can push around while it churns ice cream, too! Fun times!

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    Sommerfeldt Summary says:

    My daughter did something like this with her kindergarten class and loved it. GREAT idea for those hot days!

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    *Jen* says:

    Fun idea!

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    Katy says:

    That looks like so much fun!!! My 7 year old would love to do that with his cousins! 🙂

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    stephchows says:

    LOL awesome! And totally keeps the kids busy great idea!

  63. 63
    Tamera says:

    What a fun idea!

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    Allison says:

    Did you say this was for kids? 'Cuz I think that my hubby and I might just try this tonight. Sans kiddos.

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    There's always room for Dessert! says:

    Yum! I'm going to try this with my daughter this weekend!!

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    shayla says:

    Sounds like a delicious lesson in patience!

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    RitzFamily says:

    This one my boy will love, specifically since he can toss it around! Thanks again for a great recipe!

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    alisha says:

    We've got a family reunion this weekend, this will definitely be a hit!

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    Liz and Corey says:

    This is a fun way to involve kids in fixing their food! Thanks.

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    Shelly says:

    I am lovin' kids week. These look so fun and should entertain the kids for a while. Thanks!

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    Danny & Crystal says:

    What a fun & cute idea! It looks really yummy too!

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    Danny & Crystal says:

    What a fun & cute idea! It looks really yummy too!

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    Ashley says:

    i think i am going to do this for scouts tonight. sounds fun! thank you so much!

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    Erica Lyn says:

    I remember doing this as a kid 🙂 Just the astonishment of "Wow.. that really worked!" was fun enough for us!

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    Jenny says:

    This is a family tradition in my husbands family. The duct tape is such a good idea; we'll have to try it next time. Salty ice cream is not good!

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    The Cartwright Family! says:

    good idea and great fun!!!!!

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    Jenny says:

    How many people does this serve?

  78. 78
    julieeee says:

    Hey Kate and Sara!
    Just wanted to say thanks for the pie pointers last week. I totally won first place (for best flavor) in the pie contest! Your banana cream pie is so awesome!
    Thanks again!


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    The Four Montgomery's says:

    I remember doing this as a kid in science class, so yummy!

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    Ah-ha! The easy-peasy and inexpensive version of the ice cream ball thing! I love it. Not sure my 2-year-old would grasp what we were doing, but definitely a fun activity to keep in mind!
    – Jennifer

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    Kate says:

    Jenny–I would say it probably safely serves 8, give or take a little depending on how big appetites are! 🙂

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    Cami says:

    Seriously, why have I never thought of this?!? I know what we're having for dessert next Monday night for FHE.

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    Jimi says:

    Made the chocolate mint pudding pops last night, can't wait to eat them tonight. Think we'll try the ice cream with our 9-year old and one of his friends later this week.

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    Jarmeg Family says:

    yum, i've done this before too, but i forgot all about it!

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    Stephenie says:

    Can't wait until my son is a little older to try this! Maybe my husband and I will have some fun with it! A great date night activity! 🙂

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    Holly DeVore says:

    My three boys would LOVE this…fun, fun, and yum, yum!!

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    kate says:

    Awesome idea!

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    Jon and Sarah says:

    Yummy! What a fun family activity.

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    Missy G says:

    I made ice cream in a bag for the 1st time last year, and it was pretty good. Thanks for the recipe and idea!

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    jjnhubbs says:

    My parents used to do this with us when my brother and I were little. It's so much fun!

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    Mary Kelly says:

    What a fun way to work off the calories before you dive into a big bowl of icecream. Yummy!

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    Petersons says:

    So cool, my kids will love this one!

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    Guzmania says:

    Looks divine!

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    Lindsay says:

    Fun! I've seen this recipe before but your post really makes me want to try it!

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    Brya says:

    This looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

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    D.I.M. Incorporated says:

    My kids will love this!

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    Lindsey Alexander says:


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    Mallory Shindler says:

    This is one of my favorite ways to make ice cream! Kids love it!

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    Katy says:

    This looks like fun!

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    kim says:

    Reminds me of summer science camp. YUM!

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    The Nedrys says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! My family used to do something similar, but we would roll cans back and forth with the ingredients inside. Keep bringing on the great kid friendly ideas! I especially love cool treats!

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    Lisle H says:

    I've done that!! We've done the #10 cans, and we've done the baggies, but we usually wrap them in newspaper to make them more "football-ish." The trick is in draining the saltwater bag before you open the ice cream bag…

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    Brooke says:

    SO FUN! I want to win!!

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    Annalee Kelly says:

    I love it! Great pictures:)

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    Lisa says:

    Looks like so much and so yummy. I can't wait to try

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    Gina Rochelle says:

    This recipe looks better than the one I've used. We wrapped ours in newspaper and taped it to make a ball to toss around (helps it not to get your hands as cold and messy too).

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    mistie says:

    Sounds like a fun summertime activity!

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    Angela says:

    That looks so fun!

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    Heidi says:

    Yummy! I don't think my 2 year olds would be patient enough for this though, maybe next year.

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    Yearsley Family says:

    We haven't made this in a while, and the weather is FINALLY getting hot, so maybe a stop at the grocery store is in need so we can have some yummy homemade ice cream! Thanks for the idea!

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    Erin says:

    Fun! I have a ball I make ice cream in and you can kick it around, but it doesn't make very much. This seems like a great idea! Thanks!

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    Pam says:

    I remember using one of those old churning things to make ice cream as a kid but this looks like way more fun! And I agree- ice cream is a food group in and of itself. Yummy!

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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    ForPete'sSake says:


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    Brooke says:

    I've never tried this and have always wanted to! Thanks for the fun activity to do with my kids.

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    Kate Witenko says:

    I love the way you incorporated the kids to help making this dessert. I love me some ice cream!

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    Sarah says:

    What a great, easy way to make ice cream! Will bookmark this for when my little girl is old enough to help, cuz I think I'd look pretty silly doing this by myself! 🙂 Thanks so much!

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    elesa says:

    I've had this before, but had no idea how to do it myself. Thank you!

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    Jenny says:

    what a great idea! keeps the kids busy for a whole 10-15 min!!!

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    Stephanie B says:

    I've heard of doing this before, the pictures made it look so yummy. I think we'll give this a try.

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    Vicki says:

    We have done this before and it was a HUGE hit with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ben and Angela says:

    My favorite part is the duct tape sealed bags . . . I don't know it still could cause an accident, then they could lick it off each other.

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    Matt says:

    Ok – So I had a babysitter for my kids a few years ago that did this with them. She brought the ingredients (except the milk and ice) and they had a ball doing this in the backyard. What FUN!!!

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    MollyE says:

    Yummy, I have always wanted to try this with my kids.

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    April says:

    What a great idea! I can't wait to try it out!

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    Emily says:

    One word: Yum.

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    Megan says:

    How fun and yummy (=fummy?).

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    Ashley says:

    Looks like a great activity to do with my boys age 5 and 3!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Whitney and Lish Harris says:

    Delicious and entertaining! Love it! The kids will love it too! Maybe we could do this at a primary activity!

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    K says:

    We will have to do this over the weekend!

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    PennStateMama says:


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    Stephanie says:

    I haven't done this since my preschool cohort at BYU! I forgot how fun this is to do with the kids! Great ideas guys!

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    Miriam says:

    Oh we will have to try this!

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    Crystal says:

    Our extended family did this at a family reunion one year. Except we did them in cans. It was really fun to watch people rolling their can all over, waiting for their yummy ice cream.

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    Tari McDonald says:

    I've done this before, but be careful! Your hands can get really cold really fast! (But I guess the ice cream makes up for it! 🙂 )

    tari.mcdonald @ gmail . com

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    Karen says:

    I've been seeing these pop up a lot lately! I'm going to have to try them!

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    Emily says:

    That sounds fun and easy and of course looks delicious. Just the other day I was lamenting the fact that we don't have an ice cream maker, so this is perfect! 🙂

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    Lindsay says:

    I think this will be a great FHE activity/treat next week. Thanks!

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    jill says:

    great idea! this would be perfect for a birthday party or something…and hopefully it will tucker the kiddos right out!

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    The Short Family says:

    I love this idea. I think we are going to make this tomorrow afternoon.

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    Katie says:

    I totally remember doing this as a kid!

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    Sarah Lenhart says:

    I forgot about making this when I was little! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Amie says:

    This looks like as much fun to make as it is to eat. My only concern is that I will be doing all the work and my 3 year old will be doing all the eating. 🙂

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    Riddle Girl says:

    What a fun way to make dessert. This one will have to wait until the 24th of July as an activity for all the kids to try.

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    kim says:

    We did this once as a young womens activity and they loved it. Need to try it with my kids now!

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    MissouriMormonMama says:

    I just may do that for our Friday Ice cream tonight! Sounds so yummy!!

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    Michelle says:


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    Michelle says:

    When I read this post out loud late Wednesday night my husband was kind of skeptical about the idea. I think I'm going to make it and prove him wrong!!

    mnhub-junk at yahoo dot com

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    Britney says:

    So fun! We've done this before, but I never thought to put in all of the add-in ideas. Great idea! We will have to try this this weekend.

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    John, Kara, Andrew and Grant says:

    Fun! My son would love doing this.

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    Nicole says:

    did this with the neighbor kids, too fun! thanks guys

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    Amanda says:

    I've seen this done before but I'm a pansy and afraid to let kids toss food around like that. But the taping it up looks better than just hoping my zipper bag will hold. Thanks!

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    Steph says:

    How fun and yummy!

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    Rhonda says:

    Yummm!!! Lucky kiddos. I don't remember having this much fun with my food growing up!

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    jjcrew says:

    Is it too late yet?? I just bought my popsicle holders at Target today! It's about 99 degrees outside…in the NW. A/C is not very common around here. Including our house!

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    MacD Kids says:

    I loooved homemade icecream growing up…but didn't know you could make it in ziploc bags!

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    Brookel says:

    we don't have a ice cream maker, yet. so this is a great alternative for the time being 🙂

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    Price Family Connection says:

    We just made these with two 4-year-old boys. Delicious end product. I was so thrilled to pull off a real "mom" project on a hot day. Seriously, wear gloves! My fingers almost got frostbite 🙂 It was a little soupy after the kids tossing it about, but the remainder went in the freezer and two hours later was absolutely PERFECT frozen yogurt consistency. I love this site. Thank you Kate & Sara!

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    My Purpose says:

    Thanks for this! I have two boys, only one of whom will eat ice cream but he can't wait to try this.

    ANy ideas of how to make the ice cream chocolate? Or, should we just use chocolate milk instead of white?


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    stephanie says:

    suggestions: use a ziploc sandwich bag=individual servings, u can eat straight out of baggie with plastic spoon= no dishes to wash

    whipping cream is not necessary but it does aid in texture and smoothness

    as much fun as it is to toss the bag, if using individual baggs (what i said above) you just rock the bag sideways repeatedly (when we did this in science class, we realized that ice cream is created faster when rocking not actually shaking)

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    stephanie says:

    regular old table salt also works fine

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    Amy Bentley says:

    This recipe was really good. I did it with my preschool group and expected it to be fun, but not really good. It tasted good, was easy, and forgiving.

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