YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Maker
|Price:||$49.96 - $79.50|
- Dimensions: 9" diameter (22.8 cm)
- Wt: 1 lb 14 oz (850.5 g)
- Durable Polycarbonate
- Ideal for home, parties
- Includes recipe list
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With the unique Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker, you can make ice cream anywhere! You don't need electricity, just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other- then shake, pass or roll it! The ice cream mix can be as simple as cream, sugar, and vanilla. Or, try flavors from the included recipe list or make up your own. Made of durable polycarbonate, it's lightweight, portable, and easy to clean. It's ideal for camping, boating, picnics, parties, travel, and more. Weighs 1 lb. 14 oz.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a good product with room for improvement. I own 5 of them in a variety of colors and paid about $25 each a few years ago. They are not worth more than that.
We followed the directions and made the classic vanilla to make it easy the first time we did it. I bought a bag of ice from the store and the cube size was perfect. We used that instead of ice from trays. It fit in with no problem. We filled it with the ice and salt. The kids rolled it for 15 minutes. I took off the lid and scraped the sides down. Be warned that you have to use something hard to scrape it. The ice cream that is on the sides, is quite hard. I had wished I would have left myself a little more room at the top and not filled the chamber as full as I did. It ended up getting on my hands and on the rim of the ball trying to get it scraped down.
I did not add more ice to the ball when I scraped the sides down like the directions say you can. But I think I could have added some. The ice cream was a little soft once I got it all out. But a little time in the freezer and stirring it a couple times, it came out just great.
I knew going into this, not to expect a hard ice cream and that this was going to be a soft serve. I don't know too many people who get a really hard ice cream even with the crank style ice cream maker. The kids knew ahead of time that it would be 15 minutes of rolling, and then another 15 minutes after I scraped it. They did not care at all that it took 30 mins. and in truth, I think they were surprised it went by so fast.
They sat on the floor in a circle and each one would shake the ball for a little bit and then roll it to the next kid. They kept it up the whole time like that. My son even declared wow no more buying ice cream from the store we can just make our own.
So it was a hit here.
I did not have any trouble with the lids going on or off. I hand tightened them. I did not use the wrench thing at all.
1. Size: It is quite large and when filled with the ice cream products and ice/salt, it is quite heavy. Not recommended for little children and their fragile fingers. Because it's heavy, it gathers some momentum and I can see how someone might get their fingers/toes hurt. But the end product is enough to feed 5 people a good coffee cup full of ice cream.
2. Noise: because the ball is larger, it does make a lot more noise. Just with the ice slushing around in there along with the ball rolling on the floor. We have hardwood floors so over the rug, we placed another blanket and rolled the ball around. Luckily, our walls aren't too thing.
3. Ice Cream: I used half n half because I didn't have cream, sugar, vanilla, bananas, strawberries, and chocolate chips. It turned out great! The consistency wasn't like soft serve, but actually more like Breyers ice cream. Light and with a bite to it. PLenty of recipes you can try.
4. Time: It does take longer to make this ice cream. I'd suggest 15 min, scrape down the sides, give it a gentle mix, another 15 minutes and then check it. Depending on how hard you roll and how much ice you put in the beginning, you don't even need to refill it with ice and it's done in 30 minutes.
5. Removing the ice cream: I didn't get a special spoon like someone did with their order from another company... so I used a wooden spoon. Didn't really work ..only with the ice cream in the center. So I had to carefully scrape the ice cream off the walls with a butter knife. Another option is to empty the ice end, and dunk the ball in warm water just for a few seconds. The ice cream on the wall of the cylinder will melt and it will be easier to scoop.
Again, not perfect ice cream and it's not instant...but if that's what you're looking for, why buy an ice cream maker :) It's fun I have to admit, especially since you can get really creative. And we are people in our mid 20s...put on some music and it's pretty fun. So, if you get it while it's on sale, I'd say go for it.
And lastly, if you have kids, I'd stick to the smaller one if you want them to help make the ice cream. This ball gets heavy, gathers momentum and can really easily bruise or sprain a little finger.
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