Cambric Tea Ice Cream In A Bag

The highlights of old fashioned family gatherings may have been taking a turn cranking the ice cream churn to make your own delicious, frosty treat. It’s delicious to serve at tea parties but also fun to share as an activity.   


  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 2 teabags, your favorite brand of black tea
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 4 cups crushed ice
  • ¾ cup rock salt
  • 2 large, heavy-duty zip-closure baggies


Brew the double-strength tea by using two teabags in slightly less water than you would usually use. Allow this to cool slightly before adding it to the rest of the ingredients in one of the zip-closure bags. (Consider using the heavy-duty kind with two closure strips to insure it won’t leak while you’re mixing the ice cream.)

When closing the bag, try to remove as much of the air as possible. This might be a good team effort or you might want to stabilize the bag of liquid ingredients by nesting it into a larger bowl while closing the seal.

Fill the second bag with the ice and rock salt. Add the bag with your tea and milk mixture. Press the air out of the bag of ice and salt. Shake and agitate the bag gently for about 10-15 minutes until you can feel the mixture become thick and firm – being careful not to open the seals on the two bags. Allow it to sit in the bag of ice until ready to serve – or store it in the freezer.

Serving your Cambric Tea Ice Cream:

Open your outer bag carefully over the sink. Rinse the salt from the inner bag before opening. Serve with fresh berries or other favorite toppings.

Other tasty tea flavors:

  • Chai and chai blends
  • Berry and apple flavors and blends
  • Chocolate teas and blends
  • Caramel-flavored tea blends
  • Matcha

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