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Rival GC8250 Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

by Rival

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  • Compact 1-1/2 quart gel-canister ice cream maker with soft-serve dispenser
  • Fast-freeze system for ice cream, sherbet, or frozen yogurt in 20 to 35 minutes
  • Built-in timer for consistent ice cream texture; recipes included
  • Skid-resistant bracer feet; helpful bottle brush included
  • 11-1/2 by 9-3/4 by 11-1/2 inches; one-year warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

Rival 1.5 Qt Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

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Making ice cream at home can be tons of fun, and Rival's Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker adds a new twist--classic soft-serve in a star pattern, perfect for cones. The fast-freezing gel canister needs to go into the freezer for at least eight hours (or preferably overnight). Assemble the ice cream maker, pour in a chilled recipe's worth of ice cream mix, and in 20 to 35 minutes it's ready to serve. There's no salt or ice to fuss with, and you don't have to monitor the process by stirring or hand cranking; it's all done automatically.

The Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker has an automatic timer that starts when you turn the machine on. After 22 minutes, a tone will sound for 10 seconds, and the indicator light will change from red to green, indicating that the ice cream is ready. (For firmer ice cream, transfer soft-serve ice cream to a plastic container and place in the freezer until it reaches desired texture.) The clear plastic cover locks in place while the paddle rotates. When the time is up, just tilt the whole canister, rest it on the nonskid bracer feet on the canister collar, and press the dispenser button.

Clean-up is very easy; warm soapy water will do the trick, and there is a brush for cleaning the hard-to-reach parts. (The upper motor section is not immersible.) The gel canister should not contact hot water until it is near room temperature, and it should be completely dry before being frozen again. When fully assembled, the Rival Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker is 9-3/4 by 11-1/2 wide and 11-1/2 inches tall. Rival products include a one-year warranty against defects and come with a detailed booklet of instructions, recipes, and tips. --Garland Withers


Product Details

Product Manual [1.84mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 12.1 x 11 inches ; 9.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00008SJXO
  • Item model number: GC8250
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,350 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Mortenson on August 18, 2006
I bought this ice cream maker as a 2nd unit - I also have the GC8191. I read so many reviews that claimed the product didn't work at all - I have no idea what the users were doing wrong - but it was pretty clear to me.

I followed the instructions regarding how long to freeze the bowl - common sense dictates that you have to freeze the bowl first...how else would it work? I froze mine for 24 hours, prepared the recipe as instructed for Strawberry Sorbet, and turned the machine on. In 25 minutes I had a lovely sorbet, it comes out soft and can be easily served that way or can be frozen for a few hours to make it firm. I tried again with the easy vanilla ice cream recipe - great results in 30 minutes.

Here's the low down:

Don't use a greater volume of ingredients than recommended - it won't freeze properly.

Don't skimp on the length of time to freeze the bowl

Don't use warm ingredients - make sure your ingredients are refrigerated or it won't freeze properly.

If it doesn't freeze within the required time - turn the micture out of the bowl, refreeze the bowl for 12 hours and then try again. The 40 minute safety timer cannot be overridden - it is designed the protect the motor. After 40 minutes, the bowl will be too defrosted to cool the product anyway. Don;t take the bowl out of the freezer until you are ready to pour the ingredients in - then plug the machine in and start the machine BEFORE you pour the mixture in - or it will freeze as it touches the bowl and the beater won't turn.

If you follow the instructions properly - it really cannot fail.

NOTE - the ice cream maker does not make hard ice cream - no machine will do that, not even professional ones.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sandstress on April 9, 2004
This product simply did not work well. The labeling on the box is misleading because it states that it can make ice cream in 30 minutes. But the reality is that the process takes a minimum of 24 hours if you count the preparation time. OK, fine. However, when I attempted to pour the mixture into the machine (following the directions) it froze up and would not operate at all. I ended up having to mix the ice cream by hand for 20 minutes. It tasted fine (and it was thick), but that was largely because of my own preparation. The moving parts are made of plastic (not very sturdy). You will also learn when you read the instructions that you can't put nuts or pieces of fruit in the ice cream mixture because that might "damage" the machine. Bottom line, it didn't work as promised. You will probably be disappointed.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Beamer on June 11, 2003
The ice cream maker was easy to assemble but it would not quite freeze the ice cream enough. The plastic parts seem like they are designed to last about 2 weeks. I had to run it an extra 15 minutes and even then the ice cream was runny but the motor was about to burn up. The ice cream was good after I froze it overnight but I would stick to the conventional ice and salt method after this experience. Mine is going back to the place I bought it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Marrero on August 6, 2003
After doing everything wrong, not following the instructions to the tee etc., this item proved that anyone can make great soft ice cream. I recently picked this up at BJ Wholesalers for 39.99 with a 10.00 rebate and decided to give it a try. As I put it to my wife " Any small problem and the item goes back." How wrong and suprised I was. The ice cream was awesome. I am on a low carb diet...minus 30 pounds thank you, and need to be very careful about the ingredients that I consume. Anyhow with this item you control the ingredients. Substitute refine sugar for fresh natural fruits or even better add some sugar substitute. You'll never go back to parlor when the parlor is in your house. WHAT A PRODUCT!! Thanks Rival. My only complaint was the motor could have had a little more spunk to it but over all excellent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles Juhl on April 19, 2005
Even following directions exactly, still got not much more than thick soup. And the ice cream in 20 minutes is really misleading. The instructions say you have to freeze the bowl for 24 hours, then chill the mixture for several hours.

Traditional icecream maker using ice and rock salt actually makes icecream quicker with less hassle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Garrelli on June 24, 2003
I bought this as a birthday gift for my wife and she couldn't have been happier! We're both big fans of Soft Serve Ice Cream, as is our daughter, and the Rival Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker did not disappoint! We followed one of the recipes included and were rewarded with light, airy, delicious soft serve ice cream! I can't wait to try the rest! I recommend this product highly!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Roble-Pigeon on December 31, 2003
I was so excited about the ice cream maker that my grandmother bought me for Christmas. The box says, "Ice cream in less than 30 minutes." My first disappointment came when I read that I had to wait 24 hours to freeze the canister before using it. My second disappointment came when I had to chill the mixture for a period of 2 to 4 hours before churning it. My final disappointment came when it took over 30 minutes to churn the chilled mixture and it still was nothing more than a soft serve soup. I froze the remainder overnight. It wasn't bad. Not my idea of making fresh ice cream in 30 minutes or less. After cleaning it thoroughly, I will be taking this back to the store. One star is too generous for this writer. That Cuisinart Dual-Flavor ice cream maker looks pretty good right now.
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