Doughnut-Flavored Plastic Bag Ice Cream

Making ice cream is really fun. Making ice cream with your friends while paying catch is super fun.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: About 2 cups
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1 cup (240 grams) half-and-half

1 cup (230 grams) whole milk

2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) pure vanilla extract

Pinch of kosher salt

1 doughnut, any flavor, chopped up into little pieces and either dried overnight, or baked at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes

3 pounds ice cubes

1/2 cup rock salt

Whipped cream, doughnut holes, fresh fruit or other toppings, optional


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt.
  2. In a quart resealable plastic bag, put the doughnut pieces in the milk mixture. Be sure the bag is tightly sealed, but leave a little air in there so the ice cream has room to expand.
  3. Put half (about 1 1/2 pounds) of the ice cubes, or enough to fill your bag halfway, and half of the rock salt in the bottom of a gallon resealable plastic bag.
  4. Place the quart bag inside the gallon bag and then add in the rest of the ice cubes and rock salt. (Make sure the quart bag has ice all around it and if you can fit a little more ice, go for it--but make sure the bag can close easily.)
  5. Play catch with your friend for about 7 minutes with the bag. You can also put a towel on your counter and roll the bag around on top of it. Once it starts to firm up, stick it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Abracadabra! Ice cream for you and your friend! Garnish with toppings if desired. 

Cook’s Note

Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen. This recipe is appropriate for children of various ages. When a recipe calls for cooking on the stove or using a knife, an adult should do those activities and let the child assist, if age appropriate. This won't be as firm as the ice cream you buy at the store, but it'll be nice and creamy.

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