The following is a review of the product SoftShell Ice Cream Ball by YayLabs!. I was given this product to review, and was not compensated monetarily for this review. The reviews are mine alone.
My kids were so excited when the UPS man came last week and delivered a big box to them! They could hardly contain themselves as they opened the box to reveal our new YayLabs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball.
After inspecting all the parts and pieces of our new toy, we quickly made a grocery list and headed to the store to buy all the necessary ingredients. One of the things I loved most about this product is the fact that our grocery list was quite short. We simply needed to purchase heavy whipping cream, rock salt and ice. Everything else required is a pantry staple.
Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup low fat milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Rock Salt
Mix the first four ingredients together and pour into the canister. Attach the lid and flip over. Fill the other side with ice (we found it easiest to buy ice from the grocery store because it fit better than ice from our ice maker) and top with 1/2 cup rock salt. Shake and roll the ball for 10 minutes. Open the ice cream side and stir. Replace lid and open the ice side and refill with more ice and top with salt. Roll for another 10-15 minutes until ice cream reaches desired consistency.
Now that we had everything we needed to make our ice cream, we dove right in, mixed up the cream, milk, sugar & vanilla and poured it into the pint size canister inside the soft shell. We tightened up the lid, flipped it over and then added the required ice and rock salt. We closed it up, wiped it clean and sat on the floor and began to play. We very quickly found out that the ice side of the ball leaked. After cleaning up salt water off my wood floors, we moved outside.
I have to be completely honest here. The concept of playing with the ice cream maker was fun, but the actual playing was not. Once you put in the ice cream mixture, ice and salt, the ball weighs close to eight pounds. Eight pounds doesn’t sound like much, but imagine pushing a bowling ball around with your children for 20 minutes…that’s what it’s like to play with the Softball Ice Cream Maker. After the first 6-7 minutes of playing several games (Keep Away and Hot Potato were two), my kids gave up and left me to finish the job.
At the 10 minute mark you’re supposed to unscrew the lid and stir the ice cream with a wooden spoon. This is a super messy step, especially with young kids. After you’ve done that, you add more ice and salt.
I set the timer again, and since the kids were long gone, I set out to roll the ball back and forth to myself. The pro? I got a great arm workout! Because I used 3 parts whipping cream to one part lowfat milk, it took us about 25 minutes to get the ice cream to freeze.
Our ice cream was delicious, and in the end it was a fun summer treat. We’ll attempt to make ice cream with it again, but next time we’ll start out in the backyard, and we will be better prepared for it to be a messy dessert!
YayLabs! has given you a great opportunity to win an ice cream prize package! Check out their Facebook page between July 16th and August 1st. They will be giving away 25 prize packages that include: SoftShell ice cream balls, Zak Designs ice cream bowl, Light My Fire Spork, and Organic Valley Free Product Coupons!