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YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Maker

by UCO
4.2 out of 5 stars 341 customer reviews

Price: $34.99 - $89.99
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  • Dimensions: 9" diameter (22.8 cm)
  • Wt: 1 lb 14 oz (850.5 g)
  • Durable Polycarbonate
  • Ideal for home, parties
  • Includes recipe list

WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

With the Play and Freeze by UCO, have a ball making ice cream anywhere. Recipes and Instructions Included Made of Durable Polycarbonate, it's lightweight, portable and easy to clean For Adults and Children

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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B013WO859S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,469 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Size: 0.5 QuartColor: Blue
I'm not unreasonable, but I'm apparently the only one who thought this ice cream ball was crummy. I bought it for my three young children and I to make ice cream, and found it to be a pain. First, the capacity is only 2 cups, which is not a lot. Second, ice cubes from a standard ice cube tray are too large to fit into the opening for the ice and salt. You either have to have a crushed ice ice maker, purchase comercial ice or spend 15 minutes crushing the ice with a meat tenderizer mallet, like I did. I hoped that 5 ice trays of ice would be enough ice, but you need at least twice that much to keep the ball filled for the time required.

The instructions for the ball say that after ten minutes of mixing, to stir the ice cream. Sounds easy, but after you pry the lid off (with a special wrench they include with the ball so the ice cream mix can splatter everywhere) you have less than a 3 inch diameter to stir ice cream which is liquid on the inside core and frozen solid on the metal wall of the chamber six or seven inches deep. But wait, don't use anything metal to chip the rock hard stuff into the liqid stuff! I tried a silicon spatulta, a wooden spoon, and eventually took the silicone head off the first spatula and scraped the sides with the wooden handle wedge. (My neighbor and I both tried making ice cream and stiring every 5 minutes instead, didn't help to hard ice cream mixing very much.
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Size: 0.5 QuartColor: Blue
I liked the ice cream ball. It makes delicious vanilla ice cream with little work. Myself and my children shook and rolled it for about 8 minutes and them we just let it sit for a while to stay cold in the refrigerator. I then took it out, shook it some more, stirred it with a small wooden spoon and served it up (this worked for us). It was very good with half and half, but would probably be more creamy with cream. There are two things I would change about it: the company should include some kind of scooping device that will easily scrape the frozen ice cream off the sides without ruining the barrel, also I would make the opening for the ice a little bigger to accommodate regular size ice cubes. Crushed ice works the best, but you may have to buy it. Overall, we enjoyed this item and it was pretty easy to use and clean up. It makes 1 pint of ice cream which was well enough for three children or a couple adults. If it had a scooper and a wider opening for the ice I would have given it a 5 stars.
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Size: 0.5 QuartColor: Blue
Ok....I'm now on my second Ice Cream Ball but its not the ball's fault....you see we were making ice cream at the summit of Monadnock (NH), tossing the ball back and forth as we enjoyed the weather and scenery and looking forward to our reward for making it to the top. Jake had a momentary lapse of concentration and my toss went right by him and over the side. We watched it roll down the side of the cliff out of of grasp... I didn't care that we lost our favorite ice cream maker....I JUST WANTED MY PINT OF ICE CREAM!!! Its a good thing we had a few granila bars left to give us strength to make it back down. I ordered another blue beauty as soon as I got home.

Bottom line....in the past 6 months I've used this thing:

1) Hiking,

2) Camping

3) Boating (yes the thing floats!) - if you have a net you can tow it behind the boat to make ice cream.

4) Bowling in the back yard

5) Playing hot potato with my little bro and sis

6) RV camping

Anywhere you have ice, you can have great ice cream.

Peace!
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Size: 0.5 QuartColor: Blue
We bought two of these and used them at our backyard barbeque....made just the right amount of strawberry ice cream for the 7 of us! Use a hard plastic or wooden spoon to scrape the hard ice cream off the can when you mix after 10 minutes. This results in the best consistency of ice cream after another 7 minutes of fun with the ball.
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Size: PintColor: Red
I got this to take camping with my kids and grandkids. This makes for great family fun with a sweet reward at the end! We had everyone involved, from an almost one year old on up! The three year old loved it. It seems that it will really hold up, and we look forward to using it for many camping trips to come!
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Size: 0.5 QuartColor: Blue
We just got our Play & Freeze and tried it out with our grandkids who are staying with us for the weekend. We helped them get the right ingredients but once we got it going, they had a ball! Great way to keep them occupied while the adults do their thing....
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Size: PintColor: Green
This ice cream maker was just okay. Personally, I don't think it was worth the money. I bought it for my 11 year-old for Christmas. He was playing on the computer, while my husband, my 17-year old, and I made/played with the ice cream. When it was time to open and stir it, the mixture splattered everywhere. (My husband ended up mopping my floor, so at least I got that out of the deal.) The ice cream wasn't the best, but it did only have 3 ingreditents. I could not see taking this camping like some of the other reviewers have said, because the outside would get very dirty. We have a dog, and the outside of mine had some (not a lot) of dog hair on it, and it was hard not to get it in the ice cream when the ball was opened. I would say this is best put in your "hurricane survival kit" or saved for a snow day from school. I would guess we would use it maybe once or twice a year, but that's about it. We also have an electric ice cream maker, which makes very tastey ice cream and makes wonderful Christmas gifts for neighbors, friends, and teachers.
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