I wouldn’t say it’s crunch time for getting those holiday presents, but it is time to step up our game. There’s less than two weeks before Christmas, but don’t panic. I have another round of gift ideas for the ice cream lover in your life.
If you have someone who is an out-and-out fan of ice cream, try getting him or her an ice cream maker. There are some very nice high end models out there, but you don’t have to spend a fortune for one.
Industrial Revolution Play & Freeze Ice Cream Ball. This ice cream maker proves that making ice cream is a ball. What other ice cream maker doubles as a toy? The ice and rock salt goes in one end while the ice cream mix goes in the other. There are no batteries or electrical cord for this ice cream maker. To make the ice cream, you shake it, roll it around and toss it to friends.
Nostalgia Electrics Electric Ice Cream Maker. This maker is appropriately named. The old fashioned version with wooden bucket and electric motor is quite simple to use and brings back memories of how homemade ice cream was once made. Just place the ice in the bucket around a canister that holds the ingredients. You have the choice of using a hand crank or motor to make your ice cream. Unless you’re looking to burn some calories, I suggest the motor.
Hamilton Beach 1 1/2 Quart Ice Cream Maker. The key to this maker is the gel top. Instead of ice and rock salt, you freeze the gel top 24 hours before you make the ice cream. There’s a large opening for all your ingredients and toppings and an outer bowl to prevent condensation on your countertop. The Hamilton Beach also makes custard, sherbet, yogurt and gelato.
Cuisinart Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker. The name of this one says it all. The Cuisinart makes ice cream shop quality gourmet ice cream. While it’s a bit more expensive than the others I’ve highlighted, the Cuisinart comes with its own built-in compressor-freezer. Making ice cream, sorbet and yogurt is easy. Just add the ingredients and turn it on.