When the weather outside is sunny and glorious, what better than to slurp your way through a batch of home-made ice cream? Sure you can always wait for the tinkle of the ice cream van and buy a mass-produced lolly, but there’s nothing like the taste when you make your own. And you know exactly what ingredients have gone into it. This means that if you have children who are lactose intolerant, or family members with allergies, you can be sure of what has gone into the batch.
So to celebrate the arrival of summer, here’s our top five of the best ice cream makers:
If speed and large amounts of ice cream are your main goals then this vintage looking bucket from Nostalgia is perfect. It’s so easy to use, you simply put all your ingredients for the ice cream into the aluminium canister and pop this in the middle of the bucket. Then you put salt and ice around the outside of this and turn it on, the electric paddles churn away until the ice cream is ready. We love that you can pop the whole thing in the freezer when it’s finished by putting the added lid on top.
WORTH A SPLURGE
For those serious about their ice cream, the Breville Smart Scoop will fulfil the most demanding customer. It has 12 hardness settings, so if you like your ice cream soft or hard, you can pre-set the machine to deliver exactly what you prefer. And the ice cream maker has sensors that automatically detect your hardness selection has been reached, it then keeps the mixture at this consistency until you are ready to eat it. It also plays an ice cream van tune when it is ready.
EASIEST TO USE
If you can’t be bothered with loading a machine up with ice or salt, this machine will definitely suit you. You just stick the machine’s freezer bowl into a freezer until the liquid in-between its walls is frozen, then pop it into the machine, add your ingredients and turn the paddle manually every 20 minutes or so. Then the freezer bowl goes back into the freezer until you are ready to eat the ice cream. Couldn’t be simpler and you also get a handy recipe book and a 10-year warranty against defects.
BEST FOR SINGLES
Single people rejoice! You don’t have to have a huge, space-hugging machine in your kitchen if you want to eat delicious homemade ice cream. This device from Zoku provides a single serving of ice cream, sorbet, gelato, frozen yoghurt, whatever your frozen dessert’s heart desires! And it’s quick too, it makes soft scoop in 10 minutes and hard ice cream is ready in 20 minutes. All you do is chill your ingredients before putting them into the bowl, then churn away and eat immediately or store in the same bowl. Genius!
BEST FOR COUPLES
We’ve covered singletons, now we are doing couples. This machine by Hershey is ideal for couples who love ice cream but don’t agree on the same flavour. With this machine you can make two different flavours at exactly the same time. You can freeze the mugs beforehand and eat immediately or save in the freezer for another time.