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|15 min||7.5 x 7.5"||0.5 & 1 qt.||No||1-year limited|
For a very affordable price, YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball will certainly add hours of fun to your household. Perfect for adults, children or even pets, this particular appliance is guaranteed to liven up camping and other gatherings. Best of all, it’s extremely easy to use and will ensure that you always have ice cream on hand. Indeed, with this appliance, users will be able to completely personalize their flavors and ingredients. For example, if you normally avoid ice cream because of the calorie content, you’ll be able to easily indulge in guilt-free treats by skipping the sugar or simply adding some honey or artificial sweetener.
Unlike traditional ice cream makers, the Play and Freeze is also bound to provide hours of entertainment to your children or pets. Indeed, this appliance makes ice cream while being shaken and passed around to properly churn the mixture. More importantly, if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll be able to avoid forking out for store-bought ice cream every time since you’ll be able to make everything from ice cream to frozen yogurt right in the comfort of your very own home. This will also help you avoid the preserving agents and chemicals that are so often added to commercially-crafted treats.
Although this particular model doesn’t allow users to make as much ice cream per batch as the similarly priced models Hamilton Beach 68330R and 68321Z, its manual feature as well as being lightweight and portable make it perfect for picnics, the beach, barbecues, garden parties and the likes. The Play and Freeze comes in several bright colors that you can choose according to your personal preferences. The boxed packaging even includes a detailed instructions manual as well as a recipe book to help you whip your delicious treats in a matter of minutes.
Now while the machine is oozing with handy features, it does have just a couple of drawbacks. For example, some people complained that it was hard to put additional ingredients that are larger than chocolate chips, otherwise the mixture wouldn’t churn properly. Other people bemoaned the fact that the appliance does need to be treated with ice cubes and rock salts before use. One person found the mixture hard to get out without using the included plastic wrench. However, in spite of these downsides, this model remains quite a worthy investment namely because of its price and ease of use.
With the Ice Cream Maker Ball, users have the chance of choosing between a 1 pint size and a 1 quart size. Now while 1 pint of ice cream per batch does not sound like much- especially when compared with other appliances- you should to consider that it won’t require a lot of time for your ice cream to be ready, which means that you’ll easily be able to make several batches in the same day. The 1 quart size Ball, on the other side, offers a higher capacity but it also means that the Ball will be bigger, hence not so easy to handle/roll, and will also take longer for your ice cream to be ready.
Compared to other models, the Play and Freeze requires only a short amount of time for your ice cream to be ready. Indeed, you can expect your mixture to be ready in just 10 minutes. However, because the Ball needs to be treated with salt and ice cube before, the preparation time does take a few minutes more than the actual churning time.
Extra Features: 3.5/5
This appliance is mainly known for its entertainment factor. Indeed, instead of an automatic churning blade, users will have to mix their ice cream themselves. This, however, is does not involve any tedious whisking or mixing by hand. On the contrary, you only have to put your mixture into the ball and shake, bounce or move it in any way you like to ensure that everything is properly mixed in. According to the manufacturers, users may also include additional ingredients as long as they’re on the smaller side. Examples include coconut flakes, raisins, chopped dried fruit or dried peel, grated chocolate and the likes.
As far as cleaning goes, users will be glad to learn that it’s extremely easy to clean the Ball. While the appliance produces soft-serve ice-cream, you can allow it to set in the freezer for a few more hours if you want a firmer consistency. The Ball can also be used to make frozen yogurt.
Overall Rating: 4/5
With two ends for ease of use, the YayLabs Ice Cream Maker is certainly a recommended by, especially if you’ve got children. This handy ice cream maker is protected by a manufacturer’s warranty of 1 year.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt
- Churning Time: 15 min
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5″
- Automatic: No
- Weight: 10 lbs
- Capacity: 0.5 & 1 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: No
- Warranty: 1-year Limited