I remember asking Santa for a Mr Frosty every year between the ages of around 6 and 12 but for some reason, he was never in my pile of presents on Christmas morning. I never gave up hope though and one Christmas many year later, my patience was rewarded when Mr Frugal presented me with a Mr Frosty and a bag of ice!
I couldn’t wait to get started at making the amazing slushies that I’d dreamed about as a child so decided have a Christmas morning slushie which wasn’t as great an experience as I’d hoped for. For starters, the handle you turned to crush the ice was so stiff that I had red marks on my hand from turning it and secondly by the time my aching hand had crushed enough ice to make a teeny tiny slushie, it was starting to melt which meant it resembled a cold juice with a few bits of ice floating around in it more than a slushie. Oh, and not to mention there were a few plastic shavings in where the ice crusher had shaved some of the plastic although that could be more to do with the way we flung it together as we were dying to get going!
And now, fifteen years later, Miss Frugal has developed a similar obsession with a slushie making machine although hers is slightly more expensive, uses electricity rather than man power and looks much nicer on the kitchen counter. She’s asked for it for the last two Christmases but Mr Frosty-gate has put me off buying anything that claims to make a super slushy.
But when I was asked if I wanted to review the very same retro slushie maker that she’s been after by the lovely guys at gifts.co.uk I jumped at the chance to see if her dream slushie maker would live up to her expectations. I was under no illusion that our finished slushie would look anything like the ones in the picture on the box….
The day it arrived she was so desperate to try it out that she had it all set up before I’d even finished reading the instructions so it can’t have been too difficult to set it up as she’s done it all right when I checked.
All you do when you’re making a slushie is fill the ice chamber with ice and a little salt and pour the drink you want to make slush out of in to the other section – we used tropical fruit juice for the one you can see below but we’ve since made it with all sorts.
The instructions tell you that all you have to do once everything’s ready to go is to simply turn the slushie maker on and leave it to work it’s magic for 10-15 minutes with just an odd top up of ice and salt in the meantime if it’s needed.
Miss Frugal genuinely sat there and stared at the machine for the whole ten minutes that it took our tropical juice to turn into slush and I’m pleased to report that there was no Mr Frosty let down with this machine as it produced very tasty and very slushy slush in just under 15 minutes from start to finish.
And look, ours really does look like the one on the box (if you imagine ours in blue with a cherry on top)….
As well as actually doing what it says it does, it also makes ice cream although we haven’t tried this out yet and it’s always in use for slushie making. 😉
And, as if that wasn’t enough, it also looks great on my kitchen unit which is always an added benefit – especially as this is just slightly too big to hide away in the cupboard.
You can have the chance of winning your own retro slushie maker here or you could even treat yourself to one here!
And to be fair, I’d check out the competition even just for the flavour inspiration as there’s some great ideas for slushies that have me drooling right now.
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