This unique ice cream maker promises perfect ice cream in a matter of minutes. Is it worth adding to your kitchen?
Published Sept. 19, 2022.
What You Need to Know
Recently, the Ninja CREAMi has been gaining popularity on TikTok, and we were immediately intrigued. It promises to make a pint of different types of ice cream, sorbet, or gelato in just a couple of minutes, which is much quicker than the 20 minutes it takes to make ice cream in a conventional ice cream maker.
While the CREAMi can also make milkshakes and smoothie bowls, we were most interested in its ability to make ice cream. Unlike a traditional ice cream maker, which requires you to freeze a canister and chill the base before churning, the CREAMi is more similar to a Pacojet, a multi-thousand-dollar machine used in restaurant kitchens. With both, you freeze your ice cream base in a canister and then the machine’s blade processes the frozen base into an ultrafine, creamy substance. Since the CREAMi costs a fraction of the Pacojet’s price, we had to see what all the hype was about.
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Sarah is an assistant editor for ATK Reviews who is deeply passionate about anchovies and sourdough bread.