Shake for Dessert

Shake for Dessert

Tonight’s dinner was a summertime favorite… yes it is March, but today the high was 80, and it was sunny and beautiful…a great day for grilling. We started our meal with BBQ chicken, home made potato salad and corn on the cob. Finishing out the meal, we had sugar cookies and warm blondies with ice cream. The fun though, was that the kids made the ice cream ~ no electricity involved, just a little elbow grease!

This recipe has been sitting idle for a while, and when I opened the freezer and saw that someone had cleaned out the ice cream, I knew it was a good time to dust off the recipe. Here goes:

“Shakin’ Ice Cream”

What you need:

  • Ziploc bags, sandwich and freezer size (don’t go generic here)
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Rock Salt (or ice cream salt)
  • Ice

Each batch makes a nice single serving. I added strawberry Nesquick to some for a strawberry kick. You could use chocolate too.

Here’s how it works:

Sandwich size bags:

  • Add 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 tbl sugar
  • A couple squirts of syrup if desired

Freezer Bag:

  • 1/4 cup rock salt
  • Ice to fill 1/2 bag

Add contents to each bag and seal well. Insert the sandwich bag into the freezer bag, seal and shake! The longer they shake, the thicker the cream. Ours took about 5 – 7 minutes. Once the cream is thick, snip a corner off the bag and squeeze into a serving bowl. Voila, you have dessert! Eat fast though, it melts quickly!

Note: I found that the shaking got a little cold and tedious. It was actually easier (and seemed to work better) to wrap the bag in a large towel, place it on the counter and roll the bag back and forth.


My thoughts? It tasted great. Not something I would do everyday, it made a mess…especially when one of the bags busted and we had rock salt and ice all over the counter, but we had a great time and the kids work resulted in a great tasting treat they made themselves.