Want to make a homemade ice cream you’ll love — no electricity required? We thought so! This summer, we’re loving the new Chef’n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, which makes a personal serving of your favorite frozen combo in just two minutes. Here’s how it works:
- Pour: Add your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt base to the prefrozen ice cream maker.
- Stir: Scrape and stir the mixture until it’s ready — about two minutes for the first serving (six servings in 30 minutes).
- Mix: Fold in fruit, cookies, candy, nuts, or whatever else you can dream up!
Making ice cream in the Sweet Spot is a perfect family-friendly activity, too. “This is a great opportunity to connect with your kids and do something fun in the kitchen,” says our Test Kitchen Manager Amanda Haas, who swears by the ice cream maker in her own home. Watch her mix up a sweet treat with her son Charlie in the video below, then read on for some of her best tips!
Be prepared. “I keep my ice cream maker in the freezer so it’s always ready to go,” says Amanda. That way, you can be spontaneous — at any given time, you’re less than an hour away from homemade ice cream. Also, set out everything you need before you start so you can work quickly and the ice cream maker stays chilled.
Make it easy. “Our ice cream starters make the whole process so much quicker,” says Amanda. Mix your base, chill it for 10-15 minutes, and that’s it! With flavors like creamy caramel and mint chip, we have something for everyone.
Geek out. “Kids love the science aspect of this,” says Amanda. “It’s fun to watch things crystallize!”
Customize your treat. Set out different bases and toppings and let everyone make their own favorite combination. There’s no limit to what you can create! “I just pull out whatever I have, like nuts, marshmallows and fresh berries,” Amanda says. “Kids have fun inventing new flavors.”
Sneak in a healthy snack. The Chef’n Sweet Spot is helpful if you’re watching portion sizes. It calls for 1/2 cup liquid, which is just the right amount for one person (and especially great for kids). And since you control what goes into your treat, you have the freedom to choose nutritious ingredients like fruit and nuts instead of candy. You can even use fruit juice in place of ice cream and make a sorbet! Amanda’s tip: chill the base a little longer for a better sorbet consistency.
Throw a party. “This is such a fun activity to do with other kids, too,” says Amanda. “Once it’s frozen, you can use the ice cream maker several times, so you can serve a bunch of people at a time.” Keep it in mind for the next sleepover!
Don’t forget the grownups. Yes, you can make frozen cocktails with the Sweet Spot! “I’ve made amazing margaritas that were ready in two minutes,” Amanda says.