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What Is A Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker?

Updated on December 4, 2014
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What is a Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker and How Does It Work

Who doesn't love ice cream? It's not just for kids-- adults love it, too. As such, there are a number of different products on the market these days that allow you to make a batch of sweet, creamy goodness right from home (or where ever you may be!).

The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker prepares a delicious ice cream adding extra fun to your party. It's an ice cream, and an activity! The article gives useful information on this type of ice cream maker and provides instructions on how to use the ice cream maker. Also you will find some useful tips below.

Advantages of home-made ice cream are that the process will bring joy to the whole family and that the created flavor may be unique - not found anywhere in the stores. Some ice cream makers are electric the other are manual with a hand crank. Some ice cream makers require additional rock salt to decrease the ice temperature to the needed 27 F. A freezer can be either a bowl or a compressor. As electric ice cream makers require less effort they are more preferred nowadays. Ice cream makers vary in size, color and design.

The Play & Freeze is an unusual design concept, and therefore it's drawn both praise for its ingenuity and criticism for it's function. There are pros and cons regarding the play and freeze ice cream maker. We will bring to your attention all the key factors on them and you decide



This ice cream making ball requires no electricity. All you have to do is add the ice cream ingredients in one opening and ice and rock salt in the other. The play and freeze ice cream maker is made of plastic, is 9″ in diameter, has the capacity of 1 quart (0.946 liter), weights 3 lbs. when empty, or 9 - 10 lbs. when full. It is available in a number of colors including: red, purple, pink, blue, green, and other. The ice cream preparation time is 30 – 40 minutes. The ice cream maker ball is made of double walls has two openings with hand adjustable lids. This ice cream maker is easy to wash, is lightweight, and portable. The ball usually has a warranty of one year and a recipe booklet is included. When purchasing, make sure there are no manufacturing defects.

Although the ice cream portion is just one pint you may find it fun for picnics and BBQ parties as you will have a tasty dessert in the end the ball play. One ball yields ice cream enough for maximum 3 people. If your party will have more participants prepare 2 – 3 or more balls. Remember to firmly close the lids and carefully open them to stir the ice cream. Otherwise the sweet liquid may spill out causing much discomfort.


It's more of a toy than a kitchen appliance; as such, the texture of the ice cream can vary each time you use it. It is not consistent because a lot can vary each time you use it.

You'd also better be sure that your group has a lot of energy before the ice cream is served, or you may end up with nothing but a creamy drink! This ball takes a lot of kicking and throwing around if you're ever going to make an ice cream consistency.

For kids, that means it can quickly lose it's allure... it's not something most kids are going to be fascinated by over and over. It might be fun if you occasionally draw it out for Summer fun, but most of the time, no one is going to want to work that hard for ice cream.

Finally, it makes a small portion of ice cream, so if you're feeding a whole crowd you are going to need several of these balls and have people tossing them around to get them all ready at the same time.

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Instructions on how to use the play and freeze ice cream maker:

The ice cream making ingredients include: crushed ice, rock salt, cream, sugar, vanilla extract. Instead of vanilla use any syrup to your taste. A delicious topping will be a mint chip or chocolate chips which you should add when the ice cream is almost done.

Step 1. Put as much ice as you can into one hole. Add about 0.5 cup rock salt. The mega-size ice cream maker would require more ice and salt. Close the lid.

Step 2. Combine all ice cream ingredients in a bowl (or container). Pour the liquid into the other hole of the metallic cylinder. Do not fill in the mixture to top, have some free space as the mixture will expand when whipped. Adjust the lid.

Step 3. Play with the ball for 30 – 40 minutes. There is no need to apply much strength just pass or roll the ball.

Step 4. It is advised to scrape the ball’s inside walls every 10 – 15 minutes with a wooden or plastic spoon and then slightly stir the mixture.

Step. 5. Check the ice container and if needed empty the water and add more ice and salt. Keep on playing with it.

Note: It is recommended to avoid high-temperature places when playing with the ball. Try to keep the ice cream making ball in active motion unless you want a creamy final product. Do not throw, drop or kick the ball as it may be easily damaged this way.

Some Play and Freeze Ice Cream making balls have a liquid in one container that should be frozen. If have this type of ice cream balls place it in the fridge for 10 hours to let the liquid freeze. Afterwards you can follow the steps mentioned above except for number 1 and 5.

Ideas for Using the Play & Freeze


Below please find some ideas for the play and freeze ice cream maker games.

Game 1. Sit around making a circle. If a group is not big you can stretch the legs making a chain. Set the time. Say a name the kid with the ball should shake the ball and pass it to the named kid.

Game 2. Even grownups may participate in this game. All stand in a circle; one person in the center with the ball. He/She shouts a name and throws the ball up. The named person should catch the ball. Caution: make sure all in the group are good in catching the ball.

Game 3. Set a cone or paper cups and roll the ball in turn counting who hits more cones/cups. Do not through the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker ball but roll it to hit the object.


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    • shai77 profile image

      Chen 6 years ago

      Thanks Sun girl.

      Glad to see that you liked it :-)

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Awesome hub which is well shared.

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      Chen 7 years ago

      Hi BkCreative.

      Happy to see you and thanks for the lovely comment. :-)

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I - Love - This! And just haven't gotten around to buying it. Thanks for the reminder. This will make a great holiday gift. I love ice cream but like so much on the market - the ingredients have become suspect. And surely for kids, to exercise a bit before eating a high calorie dessert - it makes sense.

      Great hub - rated up! Yay!