Instant vanilla ice cream

Instant vanilla ice cream

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(2 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins No cook


Serves 2
Children will love this – part recipe, part science experiment, milk transforms into delicious ice cream in front of their eyes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal110
  • fat3g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1kg ice
  • 6 tbsp rock salt
  • hundreds and thousands, to serve

You will need

  • 2 medium zip-seal freezer bags
  • 1 large zip-seal freezer bag
  • sticky tape


  1. Place the milk, sugar and vanilla into the doubled-up medium zip-seal bags. Close and secure with sticky tape if the seal isn’t strong. Tip the ice and salt into the large bag, then place the smaller bags inside the larger one, and seal well.

  2. You will need to keep the bags moving for 10-15 mins to freeze the milk. Gently throw the bag from hand to hand or take turns shaking it – it’s a good idea to wear gloves to keep your hands warm! Remove the ice-cream bag, open and scoop into bowls. Sprinkle with hundreds & thousands.

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5th Sep, 2013
I tried this out at school with my class of 4,5,6 year olds. We did it out in the playground so that it didn't matter about the mess and they worked in pairs, taking it in turn to shake the bag. Water does leak out of the bags and some of the bags didn't stand up to being thrown around so make sure you have some spares and some towels to dry and warm little hands. Overall though they loved it, especially when they got to put their own sauce and sprinkles on. Not the creamiest of ice creams but I tried adding a little cream to the milk mixture and it didn't freeze quite as well. Great fun!!
22nd Jun, 2013
Fun to make, although not exactly a gastronomic delight. 1kg is a lot of ice so I used two carrier bags and you need strong arms, or lots of willing volunteers. Mine soon disappeared until it was ready to eat.
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