Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker: "Does It Work?"

Hot weather got you down? Try some ice cream. We found a product, so unusual, you've got to see it to understand it. It's called the Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker. And this week, we put it to the "Does It Work?" test.

"Have a ball making ice cream," it says on the box. It's one of the strangest looking products that's ever rolled on to "Does It Work?" It's a hard plastic ball, you make ice cream in.

We did not have any trouble rounding up some kids willing to give it a try. The recipe on the instructions is pretty fact, it is vanilla. A pint of half & half, a teaspoon and a half of vanilla, and just shy of a half cup of sugar. Stir and you're almost finished.

The Play & Freeze ball has two openings on opposite sides of the ball. The first is for ice and rock salt. The other opening is where you put the ice cream contents. There's a cylinder inside that holds the goods. Make sure both lids are on tightly and start playing.

Roll, bowl, even toss lightly. Just don't bang it too hard on the ground. After about 15 minutes, open up the ice cream side and scrape the sides. Then shake and play for 5 more minutes.

When you're done, good, thick ice cream. The kids loved it.

"Does It Work?" We give the Play & Freeze, a "yes."

A couple of things to keep in mind. The ball is pretty heavy when it's full of ice, rock salt and ice cream. Young kids will have a hard time trying to roll it around, much less tossing it. And don't expect to feed a bunch of people. It only makes a pint at a time.

We bought ours at They're also available at L.L. Bean's web site. It will cost you about 30 dollars.

Joe Terrell, reporting.