Whip up your own soft-serve dessert in hot and sunny Singapore, with this ice cream maker.

Product review: Cuisinart Ice cream makerWHAT IS IT
The Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker makes soft serve ice-cream, as well as sorbet, sherbet and frozen desserts.

You have to freeze the 1.5-litre double-insulated freezer bowl for at least 12 hours first (or until the coolant has hardened). Then, whizz your ingredients in a blender, take out the freezer bowl and pour the mixture into it.

Churn for about five minutes in the machine, and pour it into a container to freeze it in the fridge, until it becomes soft but thick. Pour it back into the machine to dispense. There are three dispensers for toppings such as rice sprinkles or mini M&Ms.

1 The rubber feet at the base keep the machine stationary. But at 15kg and measuring 25cm by 23cm by 46cm, it’s heavy and bulky. Assembly was hassle-free; after use, just wash the removeable parts in warm, soapy water.

2 I easily made strawberry ice cream, dark chocolate sorbet, pina colada sherbet, banana maple tofu frozen dessert and root beer float sherbet. But I had to check the consistency of the ice cream every few minutes while it was freezing in the fridge – too long and it would harden so much, it became impossible to dispense.

The freezer bowl defrosted quickly, so prepare the ice cream mixture first. I also found it troublesome to transfer the mixture to and from the container and freezer bowl.

Idiot-proof! I love how I could get tasty, velvety-smooth frozen desserts in less than 20 minutes. So cool! (pun intended).

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker, $358, is available at Robinsons Centrepoint in Singapore.

This article was originally published in Simply Her Jul 2012.

All product and pricing information was correct at the time of the magazine’s publication. We advise readers to check with the store for the latest availability and pricing information.