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Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker Review - One Shot Wonder

Updated on November 6, 2011

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Are you looking for an educational toy that is also a lot of fun for your child? Better yet, how about one that has a great reward when you are done? If you like toys that allow you to interact with your kids, you might try the Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker, but you might be disappointed. It starts out great, but here is the deal.

The Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker is basically an old fashioned ice cream maker. You will need to help your child set it up. You will also require some half&half to go with the packaged ingredients, although I have heard of people successfully using regular milk

The Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker requires a bit more than the claimed minute for the ice cream to firm up, but it wasn't more than a few minutes. 3 packages of mix come with the machine and 3 extra packages can be ordered for another $12. There is also 3 packages of various toppings for the ice cream. The machine includes a couple of toy spoons and a couple of toy cups for the ice cream. The machine can be easily cleaned and it is dishwasher safe.

The Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker is kind of fun for a child the first time, but it just doesn't have any real reuse value. It is a one shot wonder. It requires to much patience for most children and an older child with enough patience will quickly grow bored of it. It is the type of toy that will just sit in a closet after its initial use. The powder mix is fairly expensive and requires a special order. To be honest, you would have just as much fun making cookies with your child. Don't buy it.

A Much Better Gift

Snow Cone Machine

I would strongly suggest buying your child a snow cone machine instead. They are much easier to work with and I remember using my sister's snow cone machine dozens of times in the hot summer. A snow cone machine also uses just ice and flavored drink mix. You can use sugar or sugar free mix, whichever you decide is best for your child.

I would strongly suggest the Nostalgia SCM-502 Old Fashioned Snow Cone Maker. This will make enough ice for several snow cones in just a few minutes. It is a small fully functional version of a full sized snow cone maker. And it will be used over and over again, especially in the hot summer. It may very well be the one toy that your kid will keep till he is off to college. It is a blast at parties, and even teenagers and adults will love it.


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