Does Target Sell Dry Ice? (Do This Instead!)

Dry ice can come in quite handy if you want to store frozen items or meat products inside a container for a trip or at home for a long period of time.

Since Target is known for selling a wide range of items including ice products at reasonably low prices, you may be wondering if Target also sells dry ice. Here is what I’ve found out!

Does Target Sell Dry Ice?

Unfortunately, Target does not sell dry ice despite having a range of frozen products available. Instead, you can visit stores like Walmart, Costco, Safeway, Whole Foods, Kroger, and King Soopers to buy dry ice. Walmart sells 1lb of dry ice for $1-$1.50.

If you want to learn more about why Target does not sell dry ice, what other frozen products Target sells, and where else you can buy dry ice, keep on reading!

Why Doesn’t Target Sell Dry Ice?

Target does not sell dry ice because it cannot safely stock it inside its stores.

This is because the freezers in Target do not operate at a cold enough temperature to maintain the dry ice and are only suitable for other higher-temperature frozen items.

Where Can You Buy Dry Ice?

You can buy dry ice at several local grocery stores including Costco, Walmart, Safeway, Whole Foods, Kroger, and King Soopers.

Note that the availability of dry ice at these stores depends on stock levels, store size, and store location.

We recommend that you visit stores with a freezer section or call stores ahead of your visit to ask whether they sell dry ice.

Additionally, it is also best to ask about the quantity of dry ice sold by the particular store since some of these stores only offer dry ice in smaller packages.

Does Target Sell Bags Of Ice?

Target sells bags of ice that cost under $5 (depending on size) in the freezer section of Target’s store locations.

These are not available to order online at Target so you can only purchase this in-store.

How Much Does Dry Ice Cost At Walmart?

At Walmart, dry ice generally costs between $1 and $1.50 per lb. This price varies from store to store, with some Walmart locations selling dry ice for $1 per lb.

Other than that, Walmart also sells dry ice online, with a price guide of $1.44/lb.

How Long Does Dry Ice Last?

Depending on your freezer settings and size, 10 lbs of dry ice will generally last for up to 24 hours in a standard 25-quart cooler.

Any external factors such as other items being in the freezer as well as the room temperature may affect the lifespan of the dry ice.

How Do You Make Dry Ice At Home?

If you need dry ice for an upcoming occasion but cannot find it at a nearby store, you can make it at home by following these instructions.

To start with, you will need a cloth bag, heavy-duty gloves, and either a CO2 fire extinguisher or a carbon dioxide tank.

With the gloves on, you will need to secure a cloth bag around the nozzle of the fire extinguisher or carbon dioxide tank.

Next, gently release the carbon dioxide, letting the gas escape through the holes in the cloth bag. This should leave you with dry ice inside the bag.

For more information on how to make dry ice at home (including essential safety precautions), click here.

To learn more, you can see our guides on buying bags of ice at Costco and Walgreens. Additionally, you can also see our post on whether or not Aldi sells bags of ice.


Target does not sell dry ice at any of its stores, however, you can buy it from other grocery stores such as Costco, Walmart, Safeway, Whole Foods, Kroger, and King Soopers. Alternatively, Target sells a range of normal bagged ice products for under $5. At Walmart, you can buy every 1lb of dry ice for $1-$1.50, or you can make it yourself at home.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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