You scream. I scream. We all scream for ice cream! It’s getting to be that time of year. And this week we're taking a look at a homemade ice cream maker that takes some of the hassle out of the making, so the eating can be that much more fun. Question is, "Does It Work?"
The Rival Electric Ice Cream Maker is a little different than most. You don't need ice or rock salt. The bucket where the ice cream is made contains the same kind of freezable gel you find these days in those manufactured cool packs. A few hours in the freezer and your self-contained bucket is frozen solid on the inside. There are more complex recipes included, but under the "easy" category, it’s either chocolate of vanilla. We'll try easy chocolate ice cream. And it is very easy. Just toss in two cups of chocolate milk, 1/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk and a half cup of whipped topping (cool whip). Mix it up in a bowl, turn on the ice cream maker and pour the mixture inside. 25 minutes is the minimum time, but it could take up to 40 minutes. It did. At the 40 minute mark, the maker turned off. The instructions said it would. The thinking is, it should be so thick by then, the motor runs the risk of burning out if allowed to continue the stirring. Well, it wasn't too thick. In fact, most people would say it was too thin. It was more like a thick chocolate shake. You can eat it with a spoon, but you could use a straw too. Really though, it wasn't unlike the homemade stuff we all enjoyed as kids. A little thin and drippy, but just enough consistency to make it "ice cream." The directions say the ice cream sets up better when you use their not so "easy" instructions. Cook, boil the milk and mix with a bunch of other stuff… recipes. We tried it and sure enough, we got thick, frozen ice cream. This time in just 25 minutes. The recipe made 1 ¼ quarts and it was very, very good. No ice, no rock salt.
So, "Does It Work?" We give the Rival Electric Ice Cream Maker… a "yes."
One of the benefits of making your ice cream at home is that you can control what goes in it. And the makers of this product provide tips on converting their recipes to low fat or sugar free versions.
The Rival Electric Ice Cream Maker is available at large discount department stores and online, for between $18 and $35.
Joe Terrell, reporting.