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Ice cream maker churns out a tune

The Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Compressor is capable of making ice cream in a variety of styles. One of three preset tunes plays to signal when it is ready.

Fun ice cream maker can play one of three classic songs.
Fun ice cream maker can play one of three classic songs. Williams Sonoma

Ice cream is more than a blank canvas upon which to heap different flavors. The fact that the cold treat can be enjoyed with flavors ranging from the mundane to the exotic certainly helps to make ice cream tempting to all (and the sweet taste doesn't hurt, either), but the variety of styles it can be served in also contributes to its appeal. Also, it goes good with a tune.

The Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Compressor is a countertop ice cream maker that has twelve hardness settings. Producing 1.5 quarts of sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato, or ice cream per batch, the device also alerts users of the proper time to add mix-ins to give the final result that extra special personal touch that cold treat lovers enjoy so much. Since it is compressor driven, the appliance has other advance features such as a hold setting and no need to use prefrozen bowls. Completing the experience, the ice cream maker plays one of three preset tunes when the batch is finished.

Perhaps like Pavlov's dog, hearing songs like "Camptown Races," "Turkey in the Straw," and "The Entertainer" will forevermore signal the imminent arrival of a treat. While a conditioned reflex in this regard isn't a bad thing, some may experience a knee-jerk response to the price tag of $400 for the unit. Luckily, the feature-rich aspect of the compressor-driven appliance will make the price easier to take. That and a batch of ice cream ready to eat.