There is an ice cream maker out there for every personality. If you go to cooking.com and search on them, I think you’ll get about 20 or so that come up.
For the person who likes to do things “the old fashioned way,â€ you can get the hand crank kind your grandma used to have.
For the soft serve freaks, yes there’s a soft serve maker.
For the ice cream enthusiast or serious chef, there’s the honkin’ professional kind that crank it out quickly and in big batches. And they set you back close to $1000.
As I was thinking about all this, I remembered that Real Simple magazine had an article this month on the best ice cream makers. It’s helpful for someone trying to wade thru all the choices.
The winner for Best Overall Ice Cream maker was the Cuisinart Classic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, which retails for $60. I have this one. . . okay, well not exactly, but I have the same model from about 7 years ago. Got it for a wedding gift. And it still works great. I think it’s a great deal for one who wants to make the occasional batch of ice cream, doesn’t want to many widgets and gizmos and doesn’t want to spend a ton of cash. It gets the job done and it’s reliable.
Oooh and if YOU need to get a gift for someone, snag a set of these super cute ice cream/dessert bowls from plumparty.com to go with the Cuisinart. And maybe an ice cream scoop, too. Gotta give your friend the full set up!