Mugz the Ice Cream Maker lets kids make their own ice cream in just a few minutes. Each kit comes with a mug, a spoon, an aluminum plate, a cover lid, and an inner lid. To make your ice cream, fill half of the mug with ice cubes, and then add four tablespoons of salt and four tablespoons of cold water. In a separate container, follow the recipe instructions for making a variety of ice cream flavors, such as chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, or peanut butter and jelly. You can also just use juice. Pour the mixture or the juice into the aluminum plate up to the fill line. Close the inner lid and the cover lid, and shake the mug non-stop for two to three minutes to form your ice cream. Mugz the Ice Cream Maker is available in four styles: penguin, seal, polar bear, and dog. Each is sold separately.
This is sort of an edible science experiment because kids can see how the reaction of salt and ice creates a temperature so cold that the ice water freezes the aluminum plate, which then freezes the liquid mix, forming ice cream. We liked that nothing leaked while we were shaking our ice cream, however, shaking this requires some arm strength, especially because you might have to shake it for longer than the recommended three minutes to thicken the liquid mix up to the right ice cream consistency. We shook ours for five minutes, and it still wasn't what you'd expect ice cream to look like, but our arms were already too tired from shaking to keep going.
For parents who don't want their kids gorging on tons of ice cream, you'll be happy to know that this doesn't yield a whole lot of ice cream, maybe three or four bites. We're not sure how pleased kids will be with that, though. Also, the ice cream we made tasted good but it was super sweet, so you might need to tweak the recipes a bit if you want to tone it down on the sugar.
Mugz the Ice Cream Maker is for ages 4 and up with adult supervision.
It looks like there are two lines on the aluminum plate, and we weren't really sure which one was supposed to be the fill line. We went with the top line. The instructions were not very clear.
For best results, it's recommended that you use small ice cubes.
The parts of this ice cream maker are not for use in the microwave, dishwasher, or oven.
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