Five Minute Homemade Ice Cream

Ready to beat the summer heat?

Let me be the first to say that I can get pretty lost in the kitchen, but this sounds like a recipe that even I can handle. While you could certainly indulge in some fancy desserts from a place like Les Faux Bourgeois, it’s much more affordable (and probably healthier) to make your own cold treats from the comfort of your home.

Normally, you would think that you need an ice cream maker to make any ice cream at home, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Instead, you just need a couple of plastic bags and five minutes of your time. Yes, five minutes. Add this to the five-minute chocolate cake recipe that I posted a few months ago and you have yourself a wonderful summer dessert. Want some homemade ice cream? Read on.


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
  • 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
  • Ice cubes


  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Put this aside.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
  4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
  5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!


  • Half a cup of milk will make about one scoop of ice cream.
  • Substitute the vanilla for some cocoa to make chocolate ice cream.
  • Switch the milk and vanilla for straight fruit juice to make sorbet

This recipe comes from I haven’t had the opportunity to try it myself (no rock salt), but I plan to give it a try in the near future. There’s nothing like a big bowl of fresh ice cream on a hot summer’s day. It can’t be worse than the bad ice cream I ate from a toilet in Taiwan, right?