I don’t know about you, but growing up, I knew 2 ways to make homemade ice cream (well, 3 if you count going to the store to buy it and then put it in a bowl with toppings!)
Now as a mom, I really know how to make homemade frozen yogurt and ice cream!
Growing up, there was the age old coffee tin method. You know, the mix the ingredients in one can, seal it and place inside a bigger can with rock salt and ice? Then roll it back and forth? (If you never did this or heard of this, I am sorry, but you are missing out!)
Then of course there was the ice cream maker that took forever and a day (well, it seemed that way when you were a kid and wanted ice cream!) Even to this day, we have an ice cream maker (well, did until my father in law “borrowed” it.)
And last, while I didn’t have this next one growing up, I have it now and am wondering where it has been all of my life.
I am telling you, this is my kids’ new favorite contraption!
This awesome ice cream ball has exactly what is says – a soft shell outer lining.
Each end has a plastic lid that easily comes off and easily goes on for a secure fit. I will admit, I was worried about putting yogurt in one side, tipping it over and putting rock salt and ice in the other side. I didn’t want it to all fall out.
To my shock and awe, it didn’t!
I will say that some of the water did start to dribble out a little (nothing huge) once the ice started melting, but nothing else leaked from the ball!
One side of the ball is a container that holds (in our case) the Stonyfield Greek yogurt for our frozen yogurt. (We added some white chocolate chips to it, but you can add fruit, honey, etc.)
The other side of the ball is the ball that encases the container. This is where you put the rock salt and ice.
Once both sides are filled, you roll it back and forth for 20 minutes – pausing half way through to scrape the frozen yogurt off the sides (or ice cream depending on what you are making. The ball does come with a recipe booklet for ideas!)
Personally, I would recommend stopping at maybe 5 minute intervals to scrape down the sides. Even at 10 minutes, it was pretty tough (and I heard if you don’t pause at all, it’s near impossible!!)
All 3 kids had a blast rolling the ball around on the floor and they cannot wait to make more!
It really is a neat way to get the kids involved and make a healthy, at home snack at the same time!