Rated 5 out of 5 by Cyclonegrandma Works great
Grandkids ages 6-11 had a blast with this. Worked great, ice cream tasted great and they got a lot of exercise doing it. It was really a sturdy container and we rolled it around on the carpet without worrying it would leak.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Barkers Ice Cream Ball - Quart size
We got this for Christmas and only used it once so far to make the vanilla ice cream. It was very good. The quart size was enough for 6 of us to have a bowl. During the first 15 minutes of rolling we had a little leakage from the salt/ice end. Make sure the lid is securely on. It's kind of hard to scrape down the sides - they should provide an appropriate tool for this - one that is shaped to fit the side of the container. Other than that, it was very good. Also, use some type of strainer to cover the end of the ball when you are dumping the melted water out. It tells you on the instructions that the salt makes it much colder, but I didn't think about that as I held my hand over the end to dump it out. It burned my fingers. I should have known better but it didn't cross my mind.
December 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by honestabey Ice Cream Ball
Great gift! Sent it to grandkids in Arizona, but they probably won't be able to use it outside! Fun anyway and they loved the flavored syrups I sent as well.
December 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verti Best Birthday Gift, Ever!
This is the third time we have given the ice cream ball as a birthday gift. Each time it has been a huge hit. The kids love it, the parents love it, and the kids immediately want to run around outside to make their ice cream. Exercise + ice cream = fabulous
October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by kiddosmakinicecream Kiddos Making Ice Cream
I bought this product after seeing and wishing for it when it first came out. We've used it two times so far with two different typew of dairy base. Both came out equally yummy. My kids loved rolling the ball around to make ice cream. It doesn't last long in my home lol!!! This was a great investment and will be used alot in the future :)
July 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MountainGram Great gift!
My daughter has been wanting this for quite some time. I bought it for her for Christmas and she loves it! She said it worked perfectly....made delicious ice cream, no leakage, and the kids had a wonderful time in the process. I thought of buying from another source, but decided against it because of LLBean's return policy and 100% guarantee. I always try to do business with LLBean because they're so good at customer service. Glad I did.
February 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by missy1442 Great gift
Gave this to a young couple with a 4 year old for christmas-they loved it! It's a big quart size - the only other ones like it i've seen were all a pint-too small for 3 people. Can't wait to hear how the ice cream turns out!!
December 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by HikerMiker Got kids,they'll love this!
Making home made ice cream has been around since cows started giving milk.And the process has changed,rock salt,cracked ice and freeze-dried ingredients plus assorted syrups.Mix the ingredients together,pour them into the ball,seal the lid and hand it over to the kids.After say,twenty to thirty minutes of tossing this ball around open it up and there you have it,mouse-cream.
November 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by madcoop FUN!!
I bought this to entertain the grand kids and still provide a treat. They love it and I love it. We have made different flavors and they are all good. Instead of using sugar we have been using a sugar substitute and it works really well. However, don't use to much; for our taste buds we only use a couple of teaspoons. The ice cream is good but not like what you get at the store, not quite as creamy. But we use half and half not cream. That could be the difference. We actually like it more because we control what goes in it and it only takes about 30 minutes. Its really easy to use and clean. Again, this is alot of fun for the kids too.
August 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by GeorgiaMom Fun for the kids
We used heavy cream, sugar and vanilla and got great results. After 30 minutes, some of the ice cream was frozen hard, and about half was still soft. We scooped everything into a container and put it in the freezer to harden up and it did beautifully.
Don't make the mistake we did--we forgot to take everything out of the package so we missed the separate handle that you use to unscrew the compartment lids. Using that would have made things a lot easier.
Half an hour is a LONG time to pass a ball around, but for our family of four it was OK playing "roll the ball" for that long.
Bear in mind that although you will sometimes see this item promoted with pictures of people tossing the ball to each other, the package states you should never toss it. But it's pretty heavy when it's loaded up so kids would probably have a hard time playing catch with it anyway. Rolling it to each other did a good job but you wouldn't want to do that in the dirt if you were camping.
Overall, I see this as a good novelty item--fun once in a while, wouldn't want it to be my only ice cream maker if I planned to make it often.
August 8, 2012