Can You Make Ice Cream in Two Minutes?

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In this demonstration, learners observe how liquid nitrogen both boils and freezes ingredients to make ice cream in two minutes. The liquid nitrogen also causes the fat and water particles to stay very small, giving the ice cream a creamy consistency. Use this activity to demonstrate two phase changes in one bowl!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • liquid nitrogen
  • gloves and goggles
  • large stainless steel punch bowl or salad bowl
  • 1 quart of heavy cream
  • 1 quart of whole milk
  • 1 pound of sugar
  • flavoring (vanilla or chocolate syrup or other liquid flavorings)
  • wooden spoon


  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
      • Thermodynamics and Entropy
    • States of Matter
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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