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UCO Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker (Spring 2010)

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About the Product

  • Make ice cream anywhere!
  • Don't settle for 31 flavors. The only limit is your imagination!
  • The ball is approximately 8" in diameter. It weighs about 2 lbs when empty and 7 lbs when full.
  • Makes one pint of ice cream in about 20 minutes.


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Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker (The Ice Cream Ball), Blue + Morton Ice Cream Salt 4lb box + Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
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Color: Blue | Size: 0.5 Quart

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)
  • ASIN: B000JME6TA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,633 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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1,884 of 1,985 people found the following review helpful By Thinking Girl on November 5, 2005
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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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Art Glass Geek on December 10, 2005
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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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Mack on November 12, 2005
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Doug on July 4, 2005
Size: 0.5 QuartColor: Blue
This thing is pretty neat. I don't think they intend it to be used this way but we made 2 batches of great ice cream in our pool today. We played a bit of water polo while making dessert. It seems to work fine regardless of the hot weather and most importantly.....IT FLOATS!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on June 26, 2005
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rachel24 on June 20, 2005
Size: 0.5 QuartColor: Blue
This is fun. I made it with the kids outside so the ice melted fast, so we added another 8 min. round after the 2nd 10 min round and it worked out great! The kids loved the plain vanilla. I have also tried butterscotch pudding and it is sooo good! Since we cannot use a metal spoon, I would like to hear ideas on how to get the ice cream out of the container. I am using a plastic knife but would love to hear better ideas.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on June 5, 2005
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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