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neat idea, just doesn't work well,
I got this for Christmas, and finally got around to using it this summer. It's a great idea (one of the 2 stars), and on the box it looks very easy to just kick or toss around and make ice cream! However, it is HEAVY once it is loaded with ice, salt, and cream ingredients. If you tried to kick it, you'd break a toe. It's quite a workout to toss around, which can be a good thing, so there's the other star.
However, after a half hour of hard work, we ended up with some soupy sweet cream in the middle of the container (softer than a milkshake) and some rock-hard ice sort-of-cream around the edges. It was difficult to get the hard parts off the edges of the container, and even though anything with that much fat and sugar has to taste good, the texture left a lot to be desired.
No stars for the actual ice cream part of this ice cream maker. Get a nerf ball instead if you want something to throw around, and buy some "slow churned" ice cream that's healthier and tastes much better.
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Initial post: May 6, 2012 3:17:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 6, 2012 3:17:39 AM PDT
I might be wrong, but it seems to me as if you've misused it. Yes, the ball is heavy but as for the ice cream texture - you need to stop in the middle (after about 15 minutes, according to the directions) and scrape the ice cream from the sides of the container with a wooden or plastic spoon. You also need to drain the excess water from the other side and add more ice and up to 1/3 of rock salt. It's all written in the directions. That's what I did and the ice cream came out great. I only had to roll it back and forth over a meter or so for the suggested time. It does come out softer in the middle but once you remove the ice cream from the container, just mix it slightly and it's fixed.
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