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Welcome to my review of the Cuisinart ICE-45 Ice Cream Maker. In this review our goal is to give you all the information about the features and the function of this fun ice cream maker, whether it’s as good as it looks and works as well as it should. We’ll also be looking at customer opinion, good and bad, because they tell it like it is.
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Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Review
This ice cream machine is a soft serve ice cream maker for home which dispenses the ice cream into a cone or a bowl with a handle, and you can also store up to 3 mix-ins which can be selected and mixed into your ice cream. What a fun idea this is, you can choose whatever you want as a mix-in as long as it can drop through the mix in gauge, anything bigger than that will block up the ice cream dispenser. Also you are getting a machine that doesn’t need ice and salt to freeze the contents, although you could make larger amounts with one.
So what makes up this soft serve machine, well it begins with a base which includes a heavy duty motor, strong enough to mix up the ice cream and dispense it. There is a double walled freezer bowl, which has cooling liquid between the walls which freezes when you put the bowl in the freezer overnight.
There is a beater attached to the lid of the machine, which churns the ice cream and that has a gap in the top where you can pour your mixture and taste the results to see if it’s ready. Of course last but not least are the mix-in containers in which you can store the goodies you like to add to your ice cream.
It comes with a user manual that includes some ice cream ma recipes. It’s great that you can create ice cream with only a few ingredients, and when you’re making it yourself you can make it without additives or colourings that can make your children hyperactive. If you make a vanilla flavoured ice cream you can enhance the flavour by the toppings you choose, with a few chocolate chips you can satisfy the chocolate lovers without having to make 2 different flavours of ice cream. It makes it a little easier to keep everyone happy.
When you’re looking to entertain the kids in the summer months this is a great machine to use, and the kids will love helping you choose what to put into the add in containers and they will have fun being able to create their own ice cream cone with toppings.
Customers are finding this machine very easy to assemble and easy to clean. They do feel that this ice cream machine makes the smooth and tasty ice cream which is great for putting into cones. It’s also really fast to make the ice cream and a great hit with the kids with the add ins.
On the negative side the machine is quite tall so not as easy to store on the worktop. Some people have had issues getting the ice cream to freeze although from the many tips that reviewers give you need to get the bowl really frozen otherwise it won’t work.
I was surprised to see this only had 51% 5 star rating, I can only presume it is because so many people can’t get it to freeze the ice cream. There are quite a few tips in the comments like freezing the ice cream mix for 20 mins before making into ice cream and putting the bowl in the coldest part of the freezer and just taking out when you are ready to start. Maybe these will help get better results.
The only thing I can think of that would make this a better machine is if they could make it into a compressor type of ice cream maker, but keep all of the other features, maybe Cuisinart could think about it. If you are looking for a soft serve ice cream machine for home, try this one.
For me, I think think this is the best ice cream maker for kids, with the fun factor of this Cuisinart product, the favourable comments on the recipes included and the many happy customers who have managed to make amazing ice cream, makes it one of the best ice cream machines worth trying.
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