This ice cream maker is a great way to keep kids entertained – and it’s almost half off right now

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Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

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If you haven’t yet reached the point of lockdown where you’re desperately seeking ways to both keep your kids entertained and maintain sanity, you’re one of the lucky few. Parents are taking to social media in droves to seek new and interesting ways to protect their mental health and busy their little ones’ minds. 

While the weather isn’t quite screaming summer just yet, it’s definitely getting warmer — and while social distancing means you probably won’t be visiting your favourite ice cream parlour anytime soon, we’ve found an at-home soft serve maker that can mimic the experience — and it’s on sale right now.

Currently 46 per cent off, the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker promises to make professional quality ice cream at home — and easily. If you’re looking to keep things a bit more healthy, the machine also makes yogurt and sorbet.

What is it?

With the capability to produce delicious ice cream, yogurt, sorbet and sherbet, this machine also has three condiment dispensers built in for added fun. Simply pull a tab and decorate your sweet treat with sprinkles, chips or nuts. 

Easy to use, add all ingredients to the freezer bowl and turn the dial to begin the process. 

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

SHOP IT: Wayfair, $177 (originally $329)

How does it work?

While this machine does require 12 hours of prep time, you simply place the lidded freezer bowl in the back of your freezer for 12 hours and let it freeze. Once it’s frozen, place the bowl in the machine and add the suggested ingredients for your sweet treat. It can take as little as 20 minutes to make the frozen delicacy of your choice. Make sure to have your preferred toppings at the ready. 

The easy-to-use machine also comes with recipes for ice cream shop favourites such as root beer float sherbet, strawberry banana frozen yogurt and peanut butter ice cream.

What people are saying 

With a 4.4 star rating on Wayfair, customers love how this machine can recreate their favourite treats without the fuss.

“We purchased this particular style of ice cream machine so we could make Dole Whips (hello, fellow Disney fans!). It’s easy to use. Just freeze the bowl, pour the ice cream/sorbet liquid in, place the lid/mixer on top and turn it on. In about twenty minutes your family will be enjoying a wonderful treat!” says one shopper. “This is great for those with children, or the young at heart. Clean up was easy.”

“So much fun! Our grandkids loved it! Very easy to use and clean,” adds another. “It doesn’t make a large quantity but fun for a small group.”

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

While this machine is loved for its ability to enjoy shop-quality ice cream at home, users do recommend purchasing a second freezer bowl to make multiple flavours, or for larger quantities. 

“I bought an extra freezing bowl so I can make two different kinds of ice cream on the same night, and I’d also want an extra bowl if I was making it for more than four people,” suggests one customer.

“I love this machine, but it is a little loud and wish there was a second bowl for freezing. It takes 12 hours to freeze the bowl used to make ice cream!” adds another.

The verdict 

If you’re a family of four or less, the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker is a great, easy and affordable soft serve maker. However, if you plan to make multiple flavours, or are serving ice cream for a larger group, purchasing an additional freezer bowl will be a smart investment. Plus, you’ll want to keep in mind that this does require prep work — so you need to plan ahead for your tasty treas.

Shop it below.

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

SHOP IT: Wayfair, $177 (originally $329)

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