Weaknesses. We all have them, and although most of the time we love them and enjoy them sometimes they aren’t great for you. My one true weakness that has been something I’ve struggled with my whole entire life is — ice cream.
I won’t lie there is no wrong when it comes to ice cream. When I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes I literally thought my life was over and it was mostly because of ice cream. My pregnancy brought so many cravings and wants but at night when watching my shows I loved indulging in ice cream.. Could be partly why I was diagnosed with diabetes (it wasn’t though) but I have a serious for for it and always have.
I’ve always wanted to make my own ice cream but never really thought much about it. I thought it was easier to run to the store, spend anywhere from $2-$10 on some ice cream and call it a day. Boy, was I wrong.
The really good ice creams that you can get cost you a pretty penny up here in Canada. I’m talking $5-$8 and to a mama on a budget like me, it’s only a splurge every once in a while. The rest of the time I’d have to settle for the other kind and it wasn’t as good.
That is until now — Thanks to the Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker I am able to make ice cream at home and the best part of it all? It only takes 20 minutes! YES, THAT IS RIGHT — TWENTY MINUTES. That is it. You can also control what goes in it, and the flavours are up to you! The price? CENTS per bowl. Yep, pick up some chocolate chips or your favourite chocolate bar (hello, smarties!) or your favourite fruits.. after 15 minutes or when the ice cream starts to thicken drop the treats on in and you have an amazing, homemade ice cream!
This ice cream maker would make the perfect gift for any foodie, but also any mama looking to save some money and make a quick cold treat very quickly! There is a little booklet that comes with the ice cream maker and it has a couple recipes you can follow or you can hunt down your own. We followed the ones in the booklet and with one a few minutes, a quick mix in a bowl you then pour the mixture in, turn it on and away it goes.
Did I mention this won’t break the bank to buy? The Hamilton Beach Ice Cream maker retails for $56.99 and comes in two different colours, we got Red and it matches with the other appliances and products in our kitchen! Super cute.
- Customize with your favourite mix-ins
- Homemade ice cream — ready in as little as 20 minutes
- Pre-freeze the bowl to make quick frozen treats anytime
- Makes ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, sherbet or gelato
- No rock salt required
- Recipes included
- Freezer bowl fits easily in freezer
- Easy on/off switch
- Purchase here
So far we’ve made two ice creams. We made vanilla with chocolate chips and then we made vanilla with strawberries. Let me just tell you, this option has changed my life. For cents a bowl, and to know exactly what ingredients are in the ice cream I’m eating and my kiddos will be eating — that means the world to me. Kids don’t need a ton of sugar, junk or artificial foods so being able to make an all time family favourite and know that it isn’t as bad for them its wonderful.
I found the machine to be a bit noisy, but it wasn’t too bad. Didn’t wake the baby up when she naps in the living rooms os thats a huge plus – I know our old blender used to do that and it was a pain! It’s also really easy to clean which is a huge plus!
If you are looking for an inexpensive gift that will keep on giving for years to come the Hamilton Beach 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker is sure to please! We are thrilled to be able to make ice cream whenever we want it. When we aren’t making ice cream we just keep the freezer bowl in the freezer for when we get the urge to go make some ice cream!
The kids love having it and even helping to make it so its something we will be sure to get so much use out of. I am looking forward to saving so much money and using this baby throughout the holidays to make different ice creams: Candy cane and Maple walnut are up next on my list!
What flavour of ice cream would you make?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given these products complimentary to post this review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.