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Great concept, poor execution
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....