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Can this “scoop of ice cream” really turn sport into a cooking method?
This viral gadget may look like a soccer ball, but it’s actually an ice cream maker. Apparently this thing will make homemade ice cream on its own – all you have to do is take it outside and play with it.
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It sounds too good to be true. You can just go out, kick a ball around for 20 minutes, then get homemade ice cream?
That’s why we had to find out for ourselves. So we ordered one, put on our gym clothes and got ready to test it. To see what happened, watch the clip above or keep reading below.
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How does the ice cream scoop work?
Basically, there are three steps to using this thing.
There are two chambers inside the ball. To start, fill the first with all the ingredients for your favorite homemade ice cream recipe (we opted for the strawberry).
Next, fill the smaller chamber with plenty of ice and about half a cup of rock salt. Seal the two chambers with their respective lids.
Now it’s game time. Take the ball outside and keep it moving for about 20 or 25 minutes. That could mean kicking it, throwing it, running with it, rolling it down a hill – really, anything.
And that’s all. After that you should have a rewarding batch of fresh ice cream.
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Our opinion: Is this scoop of ice cream really worth it?
This thing works really well, and it certainly makes some really, really good homemade ice cream (homemade is always better, of course). But, it takes a bit of work to get there.
Twenty minutes of physical activity might not seem like a lot, but it gets a lot pretty quickly. This is because you constantly have to keep the ball moving to keep the ice cream spinning. And sometimes it can take over 20 minutes for this thing to work its magic.
Also, it’s not very versatile as a sports ball. We’ve tried playing basketball, volleyball, and many other sports with this thing, but it ended up only working well for soccer (and, oddly, as a medicine ball for ab workouts).
So, yeah, this thing makes great ice cream. But it’s fair to ask: is the juice worth squeezing? If you don’t have a full football team at your disposal, maybe not.
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