Kids Take on the Kitchen…and the Ice Cream Magic

ice-cream-magic-reviews-two-kids-coupon“Now that my kids are getting a little older, they love helping out in the kitchen” says Kim of Two Kids and a Coupon in her review of the Ice Cream Magic. “[S]ome of their favorite things to help with are making desserts and treats. Maybe it’s because they like being involved or just because they like the sweets….”

Kim decides to introduce Ice Cream Magic to her little kitchen helpers and she shares their experiences. The Ice Cream Magic “is a fun gadget that gives kids the ability to become involved in making their own dessert or treats” she reports. “Our 4 year old and 9 year old really liked it…!”

Read Kim’s full Ice Cream Magic review

Ice Cream Magic Guia de Instrucciones y Recetario

El Ice Cream Magic prepara helados cremosos al instante con solo agitar continuamente los ingredientes unos 3 minutos. Para una consistencia más fi rme, basta con agitar un minuto más. Los ingredientes se incorporan cuando el helado alcanza la consistencia que se prefiere. Cada porcion corresponde a 1 cucharada grande de helado aproximadamente.

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Aloha Ice Cream Magic!

ice-cream-magic-reviews-honolulu-familyThe Ice Cream Magic was recently reviewed by Nathan Kam of Honolulu Family who discovers the benefits of creating homemade ice cream.

“A container of store-bought ice cream contains the following ingredients: Milk fat and nonfat milk, sugar, corn syrup, cocoa (processed with alkali), whey, mono and di glycerides, guar gum, carob bean gum, carrageenan” Nathan reports. “I have no idea what half those ingredients are, but I do know that making ice cream at home with the Ice Cream Magic maker allows you to control the ingredients and quantities that go into your frozen dessert.”

Nathan and his family decide to make some chocolate ice cream with the Ice Cream Magic and they share their results. “I have to admit, it was a pretty good one and a half minute workout for each of the kids. After the mini exercise, they handed the shakers over to us to finish. We slowly opened the cover and lid to reveal the amazing transformation—a bowl of fresh, homemade ice cream ready for consumption.”

Read Nathan’s full Ice Cream Magic review

Some Fun Ice Cream Facts

Everyone knows that ice cream is a popular desert in the United States and the Ice Cream Magic is proud to be part of this heritage. Here are some fun facts about ice cream that you may not know.

• Vanilla is the most popular flavored ice cream for consumers, according to a recent survey by the International Ice Cream Association. Cookies and Cream and Chocolate Chip Mint are the next most popular flavors.
• The U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in the year 2010. Ice cream sales that were bought to “take home” represented the largest section of the market and generated revenues of almost $7 billion.
• The majority of ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers in the United States have been in business for over 50 years. Many of them are family-owned.
• In 2011, around 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream (and frozen desserts) were produced in the United States.
• The majority of produced ice cream and frozen products occur in the central region of the United States. In 2011 this are produced 726 million gallons.

Learn more from the International Dairy Foods Association


Ice Cream for the Ages: The History of Ice Cream

While the exact origins of ice cream are unknown there are several historical indications and/or myths about the ancient history of this frozen treat. In the Hebrew and Christian Bible there is a reference to King Solomon enjoying cooled treats during the harvest season. Alexander the Great – it is said – loved to indulge in icy drinks flavored with honey or wine. During Nero’s reign of Rome runners harvested ice from nearby mountains for the king who flavored the ice with fruits and juices. It is even reported Nero held ice in “ice houses” – deep pits that were covered with straw. The emperors of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) are, however, often believed to have been the first people to eat “a frozen milk-like confection.” Their version was made with buffalo, goat or cow milk and was heated with flour. The aromatic Camphor was often added to enhance the texture and flavor of their frozen treat. The mixture was then placed into metal tubes and lowered into an ice pool until frozen. In medieval times, Arabs drank an icy refreshment called sherbet, (or sharabt in Arabic).

Ice cream was likely brought from Asia or Africa into Europe and over time recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices evolved and were served in Italian and French royal courts. The 17th century saw ice drinks being converted into frozen desserts. Antonio Latini (1642–1692) is often credited with being the first person to write down a recipe for sorbetto (or sorbet). He is also responsible for creating a milk-based sorbet, which many culinary historians consider the first “official” ice cream. In 1686, a Sicilian named Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli opened a Paris’ café that introduced gelato – the Italian version of sorbet – to the French public. Procopio would later become known as the “Father of Italian Gelato.”

Around the same time, the French began experimenting with a frozen dessert called fromage. French confectioner Nicolas Audiger described several fromage recipes made from ices that were flavored with fruit. One such recipe included cream, sugar and orange flower water. Fromage became quite popular during 18th century France.

The origin of ice cream in America is also unclear, but we do know the frozen treat was served by many early, important historical figures. It has been noted that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson served it to their guests and, it has been said, that George Washington spent $200 to satisfy his craving for the refreshing treat. In 1700, Governor Bladen of Maryland was recorded as having served it to his guests. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation for President Madison’s 2nd inaugural banquet.

In 1774, a London caterer named Philip Lenzi announced in a New York newspaper that he would be offering for sale various confections, including ice cream and, it is generally believed, the first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776.

history-icecream-ice-cream-magic-blogIn 1846, Nancy Johnson patented a hand-cranked freezer that established the basic method of making ice cream. This is still used today. William Young patented the similar “Johnson Patent Ice-Cream Freezer” in 1848. In 1851, Jacob Fussell (of Baltimore, MD) established the first large-scale commercial ice cream plant. Soon the technological advances of the late 19th – early 20th allowed for mechanical refrigeration and the ice cream business boomed in America!

Today, ice cream remains one of the most popular desserts in the country. Almost 10 percent of all of the cow milk produced in America is used for the creation of ice cream. While our modern world allows us to find various types of ice cream in every grocery store, many Americans still enjoy creating their own homemade ice cream.

The Ice Cream Magic is a great way to remember the history of these frozen treats. It’s also a wonderful way to explore that history with children of all ages.

Ice Cream Magic Joins Weather Forecast

ice-cream-magic-review-kganThe Ice Cream Magic was recently reviewed by KGAN of Iowa for their “Will it Work?” segment and anchorwoman Joy Howe asked weatherman Justin Roberts for some help with the review.

Howe begins the segment by describing the different components of the Ice Cream Magic kit and how to use it properly as Roberts places their ice cream ingredients in their Ice Cream Magic cone. Roberts then decides to do his weather forecast while shaking the Ice Cream Magic cone for the necessary 3 minutes.

And what were their opinions on the Ice Cream Magic? “It’s pretty good” declares Howe as she takes the first spoonful. “It takes like ice cream….We give it the thumbs up.”

Watch KGAN’s full Ice Cream Magic review

The Ice Cream Magic and Birthday Party Fun!

ice-cream-magic-review-my-journal-of-reviews“Ice Cream Magic is the perfect thing to use as a birthday party theme for children” states Kerri Lesson of My Journal of Reviews in her review of the Ice Cream Magic.

“It is hard to come up with party ideas for kids that are unique and different” Kerri goes on to say. “Then you have to come up with games and crafts to keep the little ones busy, buy party favors, and make treats for everyone. With [the Ice Cream Magic] you will have all of that covered. The kids will love making their own ice cream, and it will keep them busy. The result is a delicious treat they will be proud of having made themselves. Send each child home with the cone shaped maker and spoon as a favor, and they can make their own treat anytime they want.”

Read more about Kerri’s thoughts on the Ice Cream Magic

Some Ice Cream Magic Musings and Tips

ice-cream-magic-review-musings-bluebird-patchThe Ice Cream Magic is reviewed by Liza Cardona of Musings from a Bluebird Patch who not only offers her review of this personal homemade ice cream device, but also some tips that one could use with their Ice Cream Magic.

Liza suggests the following:

1. Make sure you leave the Ice Cream Maker (all components and not just the freezing bowl) in your fridge at least 24hr before using.
2. Use crushed ice instead of cubes.
3. Add any type of cookie. This will make the ice cream get thick and not watery.
4. Shake for one extra minute if you don’t like the consistency.
5. You can always refrigerate for 20 minutes to let the ice cream reach your desired consistency.

Read Liza’s full Ice Cream Magic review

Review Gal Recommends the Ice Cream Magic

ice-cream-magic-reviews- the-review-galThe Ice Cream Magic was recently reviewed by The Review Gal who discusses many merits of this homemade ice cream maker including:

• Quick. Ready in 3 minutes.
• Everybody can have a different flavor by adding the toppings and syrups of their choice.
• Easy to make low-fat and lactose free options.
• Recipe book included.
• Fun for kids and adults.

Review Gal concludes her review by saying the Ice Cream Magic “is a fantastic product.”

“I have recommended it to a lot of the other mothers in the neighborhood” she goes on to say. “It’s more than just an ice cream maker, it is a fun activity for the entire family. When the kids have birthday parties and slumber parties, I make sure the Ice Cream Magic Party Pack is ready to go.”

Read the full Ice Cream Magic review from The Review Gal

Hooray for the Ice Cream Magic

ice-cream-magic-reviews-lifes-perception-inspiration“Hooray!” That’s what Demcy’s daughter exclaimed when she learned that her mother decided to review the Ice Cream Magic.

Demcy reports that her “daughter had a blast making her own ice cream” with the Ice Cream Magic. “All you do to make it, is shake it! She actually did it for about 6 minutes instead of 3 minutes. She made a vanilla strawberry ice cream. You can also add sprinkles, fruits, or any topping to make a perfectly fun treat that’s fun to make and eat.”

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