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Soft Ice Cream Maker Review
Ice cream used to be a summer-time favourite, with the unmistakable sound of the ice cream vans plying their trade around town and local neighbourhoods, but now it's become an all-year pleasure, as witnessed by the success of chains such as Ben & Jerry's, Häagen-Dazs and Baskin-Robbins.
When we were young, the only flavours of ice cream you could find were vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, and if you were very lucky, you might find the highly sought after Neopolitan, with its multi-colours.
And if this were still the case, ice cream would not be as popular as it is, but with the introduction of all sorts of much more interesting and exotic flavours, the world of ice cream has changed forever.
But with ice cream much more readily available (e.g. from specialist shops, supermarkets), and in so many flavours, why on earth would people even consider making ice cream at home?
In our opinion, there are several reasons why you might do this.
To start with, you are not restricted to the flavours that somebody else offers - you can create whatever you want, and you are limited only by your imagination and weirdness.
For example, did you know that people really do want ice cream flavours such as Christmas pudding, rhubarb, brown bread, liquorice, damson, green tea, basil, elderflower, gooseberry, ginger, lavender, Turkish delight, tofu, pumpkin, breast milk, fig, Ferrero Rocher, pomegranate, bubblegum, rose, watermelon, kiwi, eggnog, as well as bacon and egg?
We certainly didn't until we started researching this article!
But here's the thing - it doesn't matter how "unusual" your or your family's tastes may be if you get a homemade ice cream maker, because nobody else will be any the wiser. You might not fancy asking the Baskin-Robbins server if they have Branston pickle and cheese ice cream, as it could be embarrassing, but in the comfort of your own, it's not a problem!
It doesn't even matter if your family all like different flavours, because with some of the higher quality ice cream makers, such as the Lello Musso Pola 5030 Dessert Maker, which is actually good enough to be used as a commercial ice cream maker, you can make as many as six quarts in an hour, which is partly because it's a very fast machine, and partly because the clean-up time between batches is small.
One other advantage of making homemade ice cream is that there are no surprises, since you are in control of exactly what goes into the recipe.
One of the side-effects of modern life, with all of its convenience foods, is that an increasing number of people seem to be suffering from various allergies, and many of these are down to the ingredients in mass-market foods.
As an example, in the USA, there are over 3,000 products that contain some form of corn.
And although that's good news for manufacturers, because corn is very cheap, largely because of subsidies from the government, it's very bad news for us humans (and animals too).
Our bodies are simply not designed to deal with that much corn - it's not easy for us to digest, it causes no end of food allergies (which in turn lead to problems such as chronic inflammation), and in the US, at least, it's a primary contributor to the epidemic of obesity. (One of the biggest culprits is high fructose corn syrup, which is present in many soft drinks and colas.)
Let's not forget too that corn is given to livestock to help fatten them up.
But if you really care about what you put inside your body, then using home ice cream makers makes a great deal of sense.
As an aside, if you can't tolerate regular dairy products (e.g. milk, cream), then you can use an alternative product to make ice cream at home, such as almond milk.
Moving on, have you ever wondered how many children these days grow up thinking that all food comes in trays, cans, bags, etc.?
Because, let's face it, with the current pace of life, and the fact that in most households, both parents (assuming both are present, of course), have to go out to work, convenience food is a way of life - there are homes where the only cooking appliance is the good old microwave oven.
So, why not involve your kids and let them help make some ice cream? What better way to show them that food can be made with fresh ingredients, and that this actually tastes a lot better while being good for you too?
One way to do this is simply to let them choose what flavour they would like, and them have them help prepare the ingredients themselves (making sure they're not handling sharp knives, etc.).
In fact, you can take the fun to the next level and let them add some food colourings too - just make sure that they're natural and not chemical.
And speaking of chemicals, remember that most store-bought products, including ice cream, do contain chemicals in the form of preservatives - after all, there's no knowing how long the products have been sitting there on the shelves.
However, if you use an ice cream machine to make your own, you won't be needing to use preservatives at all, chemical or otherwise, because it won't be hanging around long enough to stand a chance of going bad. It will be totally fresh, and that's one reason why homemade ice cream tastes so much better than any other ice cream.
Now, on to the practicalities.
If your own experience of making ice cream is those hand-crank gadgets from years ago, then you'll be glad to know that many machines these days are almost completely automatic.
And not only do they make ice cream - many models also make other frozen desserts too, including frozen yoghourt, gelato and sorbet.
Apart from being set-and-forget, many are really quiet, they are fast, compact, and you'll find one that's right for you, regardless of your budget.
One of the better models that is not too expensive is the Cuisinart Professional Ice Cream Maker ICE50BCU.
At the other end of the price scale, there's the Lello Musso Pola Stella 5030 Dessert Maker, which is suitable for both home and restaurant use.
And in between the Cuisinart ice cream maker and the Musso ice cream maker, you'll find a wide range of other great machines, including the Musso Lussine 4080 Piccolo.
You'll find some of the best ice cream makers at the bottom of this page, and we know there's one that you'll fall in love with!