Customer Reviews: Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker
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on June 16, 2012
We bought this ball ice cream maker to take on camping trips with the kids. We experimented with it today at the house - with amazingly poor results....

I am an engineer, and understand thermodynamics, and the inital issue is that there is too small a freezing capacity - it simply won't work without constant changing of ice/water.

Then, it is advertised with kids, and sold as a fun family adventure - however, within 13 minutes of rolling it around - the kids cracked the case.

They then became bored rolling the wet ball around - we now have the ice cream slurry freezing in a pan in the freezer to make ice cubes :)

We were never successfull at making ice cream in this product, and are going back to a traditional ice cream maker with a DC option for camping trips.

Issues: 1) poor design, needs another 2" diameter to even have a chance at freezing in our lifetime, 2) poor construction - brittle plastic should not be used in this device, a nylon would be better, 3) kids were bored within 15 minutes of rolling and adults would have to take over - bummer....
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on January 9, 2012
Truth is, the girls 10-14 seemed to like it. After the first round of trying to find water softner salt at local hardware store and explaining how it all worked so they keep the salt OUT of the ingredients they were more than able to do it themselves. The ball is heavy and a bit awkward; its not really the kind of thing you want tossed IN the house. They sat and rolled it....which lead to some interesting conversations and goofy play trying to fill up the 20 mins of roll time. All in all---they were happy with the results and will use it for sleepovers and while babysitting (their review). It seems kicking it while walking around the block would be the preferred method of mixing---but I doubt the plastic covering will withstand much of that! For that reason---4 stars.
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on September 8, 2013
The Play and Freeze Ball Ice Cream Maker - Purple was a great gift for my daughter. Loves it! Wish it was just a little bigger so that the whole family could have plenty in one sitting. :) Happy with the product.
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on October 13, 2013
I got 6 in total for my and grandchildren they all love it. Give the first two in September one on the 18 and the other one the 27. Have 2 grandchildren in October and there hoping to get one also.
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on October 13, 2014
Great product worth buying, only downside is the scoop it has doesn't work so good. Just got to use a spoon
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on January 21, 2013
A young grandson wanted it for Christmas. HE likes it. It took a little longer to arrive than I expected.
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