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Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-45

Yogurts, ice creams or sorbets, the Cuisinart ICE 45 Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker with its built-in condiment dispensers and fully automatic operations requires simply pouring in the ingredients and a turn of the dial.

Producing small batches of frozen desserts turned easier with the Cuisinart ICE 45 Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. One and a half quarts within less than half an hour is now possible with this fully automatic ice-cream maker.

The ease of operation shows through the unique pulling handle as well; it makes the ice cream swirl out allowing creating precise designs, thanks to the three built-in of the condiment dispensers.

Add-ons like sprinkles, chips or nuts are possible down the chute; it shall get mixed right into a frozen dessert or into the cones or bowls, as desired.

The unit not requiring any chemical is one of the safest among all ice cream makers commercially available; the absence of salt and ice for creating the freezing mixture makes the process a fast and clean one. The freezer bowl features a double insulated wall (with the freezing liquid in between), which retains the chill better.

The set up is a clear, straightforward process, though putting the chute back under the ice cream flow control lever gets jittery at times. For best results, lever handle must be kept up and this should have been mentioned clearly in the manual.

The overall process of making an ice cream with the Cuisinart soft serve is simple and intuitive. But it’s sad to see that Cuisinart forgot that liquid might drip while pouring through into the canister, so a lot may get wasted unless precise care is taken. Adding a fluid holder to direct the dripping fluid to the canister is an improvement most people would like to see.

However, that the Cuisinart Soft Serve ice cream maker can produce more than satisfactory sweet treats without exhausting its freezing capacity is definitely an aspect most shall like.

Other conveniences of the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker shows through its cone-holder and detachable design. The former holds both pointed and flat-bottomed cones in stacks and detachable parts facilitate cleanup greatly. The instruction and the recipe book feature only those ice creams and other frozen desserts that the ice cream making machine is good at creating, so a prior look to the types of ice creams may help saving a lot of sweat.

This model is an appropriate choice if birthday parties or other fun gatherings like summer barbeques are in agenda. At a dimension of 9-3/4 by 9 by 18-1/5 inches and with a three-year limited warranty, it is a great equipment to carry around as well.

But, there are hitches as well. The freezer bowl retains the chill longer and there’s no doubt regarding that; yet, it needs being completely frozen (though for a shorter period) before being put to use.

It’s better if the bowl is placed at the rear of a freezer (it is the coldest area) instead of chilling it with the Ice 45, for twelve hours at a stretch. Still better, if it can be given a permanent place inside the freezer, it shall facilitate a beck-and-call service.

Product features:

  • No Pulse Function.
  • 1.5-qt. Capacity.
  • 3-year limited warranty.
  • Multiple condiment dispensers.
  • Double-insulated freezer bowl.
  • 9&3/4 inches high, 9 inches wide and 18&1/5 deep.

Pros

  • Allows adding 3 different mix-in choices, though a simple pull-tab system.
  • Adding of toppings occur through the ice cream maker only.
  • Easy dispensing system, to be found in this specific Cuisinart ice cream maker only. Requires pulling down a handle.
  • Electrically operated automatic functions.
  • Non-skid feet prevent sliding.
  • Temperature control allows choosing ice creams of variable consistencies.
  • Ease cleaning mechanisms and detachable parts.
  • External, removable drip catcher keeps things clean.

Cons

  • Only one batch at a time.
  • Requires pre-freezing the bowl.