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Make your own ice cream

Finnegan Jun 18, 2008 03:45 PM

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).

  1. Davwud Jul 7, 2008 06:37 AM

    My motto:

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


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    1. re: Davwud
      Finnegan Jul 14, 2008 12:57 PM

      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
        Davwud Jul 14, 2008 01:26 PM

        Good stuff then.

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


        1. re: Davwud
          Finnegan Jul 14, 2008 01:41 PM

          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
            Davwud Jul 14, 2008 03:22 PM

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


            1. re: Finnegan
              flourgirl Jul 15, 2008 01:34 PM

              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
                Davwud Jul 15, 2008 02:25 PM

                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.


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        peppermint pate Jul 5, 2008 11:44 AM

        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. Googs Jul 4, 2008 10:59 AM

          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
            millygirl Jul 5, 2008 07:16 AM

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

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            nart Jul 4, 2008 08:53 AM

            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
              pinstripeprincess Jul 4, 2008 09:02 AM

              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
                Teep Jul 4, 2008 09:26 AM

                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
                  pinstripeprincess Jul 4, 2008 11:32 AM

                  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.

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                Mila Jul 4, 2008 08:00 AM

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

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

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                  cecilia Jun 18, 2008 04:08 PM

                  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
                    Finnegan Jun 18, 2008 04:42 PM

                    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


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