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Make your own ice cream

Anyone seen the ice cream maker that look like a ball? you put in the ingredients and then kick it around for 1/2 hour and voila you have ice cream (I'f done it before with a coffee can that you cover in duct tape - but the ball sounds much easier and more fun...i.e. kids can kick it around).

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  1. You can get it at Mastermind Toys. They have both sizes and all the colours. Eddie Bauer may have them too.

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    1. re: cecilia

      That's exactly the item I was looking for. $34 for the large ball at Mastermind (there's a location on Queen St in the Beaches). Many thanks Cecilia


    2. Just in case you didn't get it...

      It's on sale for $14.99 at the Tire this weekend

      1. how well does this thing work??

        i'm thinking of buying one but i really don't want to spend money on it if the ice cream turns out to be kinda gross.

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        1. re: nart

          i can't imagine that it would turn out gross, this thing really couldn't be any worse than a handchurned deal since you could get more air into this thing. it's probably really dependent on you though... ingredients, how many kicks you get in during a period of time, etc.

          every so often i can find a refrigerated unit for $40 or so at garage sales, now that's worth the investment because it's a hell of a lot of less effort.

          1. re: nart

            amazon.com can be a very useful site for searching out reviews. The Ball has 75% reviewers giving it 4 or 5 stars. But then there is this quite funny 1-star review which tells you whats wrong with it.


            1. re: Teep

              i take it back, that ones sounds so utterly useless.

              if you're so inclined, you could go the food jammer's route and make your own out of cans so that you can actually access your ice cream and make more than a few spoonfuls worth.

          2. That thing sounds amazing. Take out your day's frustrations then cap it off with ice cream. Woo hoo.

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            1. re: Googs

              Cook's Place on the Danforth carries them in two sizes.

            2. We keep one at our cottage and kids love it! It's totally fun and the ice cream tastes great. They give you a couple of recipes with the ball but you can obviously improvise - we like a combination of milk, 1/2 and 1/2, vanilla extract and crushed oreo cookies. We usually make double the amount recommended which is about the most you can squeeze in the little vial so you never end up with a lot of ice cream but at least this way, you get a bit more for your efforts. I'd also suggest you have each person pick up the ball and shake it for a minute or so in addition to the kicking/rolling around to speed up the process.

              1. My motto:

                If it sounds gimmicky, it's probably not very functional.


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                1. re: Davwud

                  Wrong you are Davwud...no gimmicks just basic science. I used my new ice cream ball to make some great vanilla ice cream. Kids did all the work kicking the ball around and had a good time doing it (while I napped in the hammock). I saw them on sale at Canadain Tire for $14.99

                  1. re: Finnegan

                    Good stuff then.

                    I still stand by my motto. Just may not apply in this case. Does in most though.


                    1. re: Davwud

                      Generally I would agree. In-laws have a $60 wine opener that looks like an instrument for performing open heart surgery and always breaks the cork in the bottle. I'll take my trusty $2 butler's wine opener everytime

                      1. re: Finnegan

                        Ya, my FIL has an "Eggstractor" and a "Perfect Pancake" along with a virtual museum of Ronco crap.


                        1. re: Finnegan

                          That's so funny...I have a wine bottle opener that consists of a cork screw attached to a wood handle. Works perfectly, I get the cork out every time, no breakage. It mysteriously went missing for a few weeks and I was trying to make do with some contraption my husband picked up that I absolutely could not get the hang of and he had to open all the bottles for me. Thank goodness my tried and true cork screw finally turned up.

                          1. re: flourgirl

                            We got some strange contraption as a wedding gift. I don't even know where it is now. I use a waiters cork screw and it's the best thing.