We are continuing our series in May called Does It Work? Nancy Naeve tests those as seen on TV products to see if they live up to the promises. Up first; Ice Cream Magic. Will it make ice cream in 3 minutes?
We are testing the Magic Ice Cream Maker. Here's what the commercial says.
"Instead of ice cream maker, cool new shaker that's an ice cream maker that you make delicious home made ice cream. It's quick and easy - ready in just 3 MINUTES! Make any flavor you like, vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. Use fresh and chemical-free ingredients. Indulge without the bulge and make low fat and sugar free ice cream."
It's supposed to make ice cream in 3 minutes for ages 4 and up so I recruited my beautiful 9 year old step-daughter Phoebe Brown to help me.
It comes in little parts. Put ice in the bottom, 4 tablespoons of salt and 4 tablespoons of water. In a separate bowl mix your ice cream ingredients; heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, sugar. We are making chocolate chip vanilla ice cream so I'm adding mini-chocolate chips cause Phoebe like a little chocolate. Mix it and then in it goes. Now she has to shake it continually for 3 minutes. On your mark, get set, go!
(We take turns shaking that little cone)
Phoebe counts me down, 3, 2, and 1. Whooo. We're done. We open the top and it's really runny. Phoebe says it tastes like sugary cream. Not ice cream. We didn't really like it. It does not work like the commercial showed. Darn it.
After our photojournalist left I tired making strawberry ice cream instead (using strawberry syrup). I changed up the recipe and used half cream and half 2% milk. half the sugar called for and half the vanilla and shook it for 4 minutes instead of 3. It tasted a million times better but it was still runny. I found this for $10 at Wal-Mart and it would be fun for birthday parties, although it's a lot of cleanup work for a little bit of treat.