Very easy to use. I froze the container overnight as directed. Before I took it out to use, I had all the ingredients set out and pre-measured. It was a difficult pouring some of the ingredients through the small opening and transferring the ice cream to a container was also a little difficult and messy. But it turned out great!
This a nice simple ice cream maker. It doesn't make too much at a time but it's fun. If you follow directions you will get a soft serve that's pretty soft. It stays firm longer if you freeze it for a couple of hours.
The first few times, the vegan ice cream I made was ok, but we were super excited bc it still tasted amazing! For those first batches I used organic coconut milk (full fat kind that comes in a can). With that, we made vanilla first then blueberry (100% organic fruit) both with all natural sugar replacement (granulated). The 3rd tub was made again with a very popular brand of organic coconut milk (full fat canned) and was more creamy like real dairy ice cream. The first 3 batches literally filled half of my Tovolo ice cream containers. I finally made it again with smashed organic frozen black cherries BUT this time with another Organic generic store brand can of coconut CREAM and by 25 minutes, the ice cream maker was literally frothing over in creamy goodness. I’m now making lychee ice cream again with the can of organic coconut CREAM and I’m so excited to have a full tub of REAL-style ice cream! Gourmet style and can’t be bought at stores! (Without all those unnecessary extra ingredients!) I’m pretty excited to see what other flavor combinations we can come up with! The only thing I don’t like is the color of the maker- orange but whatever! Thanks Target!
I was not impressed.... The icecream maker got hot and shut down, before it was done churning the icecream. The motor does not appear to be of quality or of size requirements, that meet the intended use? The item is cheaply made, though the pot seems to be of reasonable quality....... I am planning on returning it, when I find the time....
I would recommend spending more money and purchasing a higher quality item.
Really good for the price! I got it to make frozen yogurt. Only thing is you have to eat it once it is made or it just freezes rock solid...not sure about ice cream but is true of yogurt. I put flavored yogurt in it and sprinkled granola over it and it was YUM! Wanted a healthy alternative to ice cream.
The first batch didn’t freeze correctly because we didn’t let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight. The container needs to freeze for at LEAST 8 hours (make sure your freezer is set to COLDER setting) and the mixture needs to sit overnight.
Our second batch turned out beautifully.
The vanilla recipe included in the instructions is AMAZING! It develops a film on the top after it sits overnight-don’t worry about it, it will incorporate just fine. We added chocolate shavings by melting Hershey’s special dark chocolate chips (I know, I know you don’t like dark chocolate but believe me—it’s AMAZING in this recipe!) and spreading very thin on a cookie sheet and freezing. Break into small pieces and add to ice cream machine after the mixture has been mixing for around five minutes (and begins to thicken). Keep the chocolate in freezer until ready to add.
For $30, it seems like a solid machine. Only used twice but so far, as long as you follow the directions precisely, it works great.