An ice cream gadget just in time for winter

Ice Cream Ball from L.L.Bean

Ice cream ball

While it may be getting nippy for some of us, it's warm somewhere. Which, I suppose, is the reasoning behind this ice cream maker being introduced alongside the fleece throws and flannel sheets.

The Ice Cream Ball makes homemade ice cream without the boring wait or hand-cranking. You fill one end of the Lexan plastic ball with rock salt and ice, and the other end with ice cream ingredients. After rolling or tossing it around for about 20 minutes, the ice cream is ready to eat.

It's available in pint and quart sizes for $30 or $40 from L.L.Bean's online store and catalog, or Rei.com, in a variety of colors. Just make sure the lid's on tight.

(Photo: L.L.Bean)

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