It is a ball and you can roll it around but its purpose is to make ice cream, but will it? I put it to the test.
It is called Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker by Yaylabs and it is pretty simple to use. The ball has two openings one on the top and the other on the bottom. On one side, you fill it with ice all the way and add ½ a cup of rock salt and close the lid tightly. Then on the other side, fill it with 16-ounces of half and half or cream, 1&1/2 teaspoons of vanilla and a 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar. There are other flavors and recipes included but this recipe is for vanilla ice cream.
Close the lid tightly and the fun begins! You have to move the ball around for 10 minutes and there is no electricity or batteries to keep it going, just the human touch. So you can roll it around with a friend, or get a quick arm workout by shaking it up. Once the 10 minutes are up, you need to stir the ice cream and scrape it off the sides of the cylinder. Now, on the other side of the ball, add some more ice and ¼ cup of ice rock salt. Close the lid tightly and start shaking or rolling it again for about five to 10 minutes. Once you're done, you should have about a pint of creamy homemade ice cream.
I have made about four batches of ice cream using this ball and it truly does work. I was pretty impressed with it and loved that you had to burn some calories in order to earn your treat.
This can be a great little tool for kids this summer. I will say after the 4th time of making a batch of ice cream, my arms got tired. I think it would be better to make it with friends so everyone can share in tossing or rolling it around.
I purchased it online from Amazon for $27.50 with free shipping. There are many colors to choose from and you can also buy a larger ball to make a quart of ice cream. That ball will run you around $38 to $40.
I give this product a thumbs up, it does work!