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1 ½-quarts of soft-serve ice cream in 20 minutes

The Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve is a fully-automatic sherbet, frozen yogurt, and soft-serve ice cream maker that makes about 6-8 generous servings of your choice of cold dessert. A key feature of this ice cream maker is its three condiment dispensers, allowing you and your family the freedom to choose up to three mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, sprinkles, crushed nuts, or candy. Simply pour in all the ingredients and turn into soft serve.

Double-insulated freezer bowl

The freezer bowl is what makes the ice cream creation possible. If you think you will want ice cream in a day or so, just remember to place the bowl in the freezer for quick use when you are ready. Storing the bowl permanently in the freezer when not in use is ideal. Bowls are sold separately as well, so if you plan on making two kinds of ice cream in one night, have an extra on hand.

Easy-to-clean removable parts

In addition to the three condiment dispensers, all parts of this machine can be quickly removed for easy clean-up. All that the parts need is a little warm water and soap, and you keep your ice cream maker sparkling and bacteria-free.

Strengths

Simpler to use than conventional ice cream maker

The Cuisinart ICE-45 does not need salt, ice, or any chemicals to create ice cream. It is very simple to operate with just one dial, a dispenser handle, and three condiment slots. Even young kids can learn how to make ice cream with this machine. Assembly is very easy as well for when you first open the box or need to take the machine apart for a move.

Fast with little effort

Once the freezer bowl is cold, all that you need to do is put in all the ingredients and turn a dial. After twenty minutes, the ice cream will be ready to serve. You can reduce even more prep time by using ice cream mixes.

Recipe and ingredient flexibility

You are not limited to making just ice cream with this machine. Sherbet, sorbet, and frozen yogurt are all options. Unusual ingredients include almond milk, liquid flavor syrups, fresh fruit, and so on.

Weaknesses

Space issues

Since the freezer bowl needs to be stored in a freezer, space can prove to be a problem if you do not have a large enough freezer. The unit can also be a problem when in use as it is tall and weighs 15 pounds.

Unclear directions

The directions say the freezer bowl needs only 15 hours to chill, but soft serve texture is improved with longer freezer time. Also, if the directions on how to dispense mix-ins are not followed to the letter, they become more like toppings or do not fit into their containers. Timing about how long to churn the ice cream is debated as well, and sometimes the ice cream can become too thick or soupy.

Overall Review

If you are able to closely follow directions and don’t like to put too much work or time into making dessert, the Cuisinart ICE-45 is a strong choice as it is easy to clean, makes three kinds of frozen treats, and works fast.