The other day, I wrote about another manually operated hand-cranked appliance, the Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper. Considering popcorn and pop go together so well, I think there is room enough to explore another old-timey gadget.
The Crystal Clear Ice Crusher (in Gift Box, no less) is simple to use, but might be the best way to get the job done. Imagine a hot summer day filled with the sounds of icemen of yore hawking their quickly deteriorating product. Suddenly, the prospect of having to grind your own seems downright modern. Simply open up the
icebox freezer, take out a few cubes, and turn the crank. No icepick needed.
While ice crushers go back practically as far as (commercial) ice does, this ice crusher is mostly unchanged from designs of past. It may not be battery operated or plug into the wall, but it is fitted with an easy-grind crank and stainless-steel blades. The high-quality, food-safe plastic is clear, allowing for easy viewing of crushed ice quantities.
Place next to an ice bucket on a bar and guests can just help themselves. No need to call for any additional help from the iceman. A soda with crushed ice, and a big bowl of popcorn, and you have a timeless treat that will never go out of style.