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Does Ice Cream Magic Really Work?

For a fast and easy way to enjoy homemade ice cream, Ice Cream Magic promises to let you make delicious ice cream in just three minutes. Ice Cream magic is a cone-shaped plastic container that is designed to make ice cream just by shaking it. This is how it works: first you put ice cubes into the container; then add salt to activate the deep freeze; next, pop in the bowl and pour in cream and your favorite flavor; finally, shake vigorously for 3 minutes. At the end of this process you are supposed to have ready-to-eat ice cream. Ice Cream Magic presents itself as a fun and convenient alternative to traditional home ice cream machines that are expensive and difficult to operate. The container makes your frozen treat easy to carry and keeps it cold. Because you add the ingredients yourself, this ice cream maker lets you make it low fat or sugar free. Ice Cream Magic comes with a serving spoon and an ice cream recipe book.

Ice Cream Magic Reviews

Yes - Fun as a Kid's Novelty, But Not Practical as a Day-to-Day Ice Cream Maker
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Editor’s Review

If you follow the instructions, Ice Cream Magic does work to create ice cream in just 3 minutes of shaking. If you are buying it as a toy or activity for kids, then they should have a lot of fun with it. But if you are hoping this product will satisfy your regular ice cream needs then you will be disappointed.

Easy to Follow Instructions

Ice Cream Magic comes with a brief instruction manual and recipe guide. To use it you need to put ice (preferably crushed), salt, and water in. Then put the “freezing bowl” over the ice, add your ingredients to the freezing bowl, place the lid on it securely, and shake vigorously for 3 minutes.

All the recipes require heavy whipping cream. To make vanilla ice cream you need to add vanilla extract.

Ice Cream Tastes Good But There’s Not Much of It

I was afraid that the ingredients would not freeze properly, but when it was finished the ice cream was definitely frozen and not watery at all. In fact, it was so frozen that it was hard to scrape the ice cream out of the container. The serving spoons that come with the product may look cute but they are not strong enough (or small enough) to get the ice cream out.

I made vanilla ice cream and it tasted good, but wasn’t quite sweet enough. I recommend you double the amount of vanilla extract they recommend (use 1/2 tsp instead of 1/4 tsp).

Not Recommended for Making Lots of Ice Cream

Although Ice Cream Magic “works,” if you eat a lot of ice cream this is not going to be a practical solution for you. It takes some effort to get all the ingredients into the unit and shake for three minutes. The manual says it creates a “large” scoop of ice cream, but it really makes just a small scoop of ice cream. The cost of the ingredients (heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, salt) amounts to about 90 cents for one serving of vanilla ice cream. (Of course if you make other flavors it will cost more.) So using this product will not save you a lot of money. ( As an experiment I tried using regular 2% milk instead of heavy whipping cream. It turned out okay but the taste and texture wasn’t nearly as good.)

Buying ice cream from the grocery store will be a better use of your time and money. If you are really interested in making your own flavors and recipes for your family, invest in a larger ice cream machine.

Bottom Line

Even though it is not practical for making a lot of ice cream, Ice Cream Magic is worth a try if you want a fun activity to do with your kids and show them how ice cream can be made.

Paul Lucas
February 6th, 2013
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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