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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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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