I need an ice cream maker.

I’m rapidly turning into an ice cream snob.

First came the days of Breyers, whose classy (and actually minty) Mint Chocolate Chip made me turn up my nose at Edys’ green, nearly flavorless junk. Then Haagen-Dazs, with its rich vanilla and decadent caramel. Now I balk at anything less than Oberweis, in my opinion the nation’s finest iced cream (narrowly beating out Gilles Frozen Custard, mainly because of proximity).

And after seeing all these recipes for DIY sorbet, gelato, custard…I have to make some of my own. Meaning I need an ice cream maker. Meaning, unfortunately, I need to spend more than they charge for a shake at my local Ice Cream Shoppe.

Now, I’m not opposed to spending money on indulgences. I have a staggering DVD collection and I’ll be wasting $400 come September so’s I can play one game. But those things last forever! Ice cream doesn’t last an hour in my house!

Still, I must. A whole world of culinary experimentation and unnecessary weight gain beckons, yearns, cries “Smylie!” at night while I sleep–

Look, I’m not crazy, I just really like ice cream. So I need your help. Where should I start? What brands are the best? Do I go manual or spring for electric?

Oh ye all-known sages of confection (all of whom, like, totally read our blog), please give me some tips. Because I need to make this recipe as soon as possible.

-Jim, hoping he gets to try all these soon, too

  • Max

    As a fellow ice cream worshipper, I must recommend Graeter’s ice cream (http://www.graeters.com/). It’s only in Ohio and Kentucky as far as I know, but their black raspberry chip ice cream is to DIE for! It’s honestly worth the drive from Chicago. :)

  • Melissa

    Hey Jim, you should go to David Lebovitz’ blog. He’s a pastry chef and has great recipes & recommendations.

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  • ferdy

    I am looking for the machine that makes fried ice cream similar to frito frio. You should try it. If anybody knows, e-mail me.

  • Bobby

    Hi Ferdy,

    Did you find the frito frio machine you were looking for? I could probably help.


  • Eddie


    I’ve been trying to find that Frito Frio machine. Please contact me at with any info.


  • Bobby

    It seems you may have a connection for the Frito Frio machine. Please contact me if you do. Thanks Keith

  • Keith

    Does anyone have a connection for the Frito Frio machine. Please contact me if you do. Thanks Keith

  • Wesly

    You can email your inquiries at fritofrio@yahoo.com.

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    This makes me reminisce the days where we used to crank the manual ice cream maker for an hour and end up really tired! :D

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