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Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker

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Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball

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The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker is a fun way to make ice cream. Perfect for camping, picnics, tailgating or outdoor parties. Load ice and rock salt in one end, ice cream ingredients in the other, close it up and roll it around for about 20-30 minutes, and you've got up to a quart of home-made ice cream. Pint and quart models available in six different colors. Recipes included.
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  • make ice cream anywhere
  • requires no electricity
  • uses simple ice cream mixes
  • made of durable plastic
  • easy to clean


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  • Weight: 3 lbs. (empty), 9-10 lbs. (full)
  • Diameter: 9 inches
  • Capacity: makes 1 quart
  • Prep time: 30-35 minutes
  • Colors: blue, green, orange, pink, purple and red
  • Available in two models: 1 pint Original and 1 quart Mega

Guide Review - Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker

The Play and Freeze is a simple gadget. Take a durable plastic ball with a metal cylinder in it. Fill the ball with ice and salt, the cylinder with ice cream mix, and shake it up. The ball comes ready to roll, but I cleaned the container before using it. For my first attempt, I tried the Hot Cocoa recipe: 1 quart of cream and 4 packs of instant hot cocoa mix. Very simple. My wife and I sat across from each other in the family room and began rolling the Play and Freeze. After about 15 minutes, I scraped down the sides of the cylinder and I replaced the melted ice with fresh ice and a little more salt. We continued rolling for about 10 more minutes. After 25 minutes the ice cream was completely frozen. Quite hard, in fact, and I would suggest checking and scraping the ice cream in the cylinder after 10 minutes of rolling and again after 20 minutes. It was quite good for such a simple recipe and it reminded me of Fudgesicles. The Mega weighs about 9 lbs. full, so you'll get a good workout rolling it for 30 minutes. The Play and Freeze is quite an innovative gadget. It will be sure to get lots of use.
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