Post by QNPoohBear on Aug 15, 2006 15:35:47 GMT -5
This accessory was also included as part of Samantha's collection. You can read additional reviews HERE.
I have the retired wooden version of Addy's ice cream freezer. It's made from REAL antique looking wood and real metal. The current version is made from cheap wood or plastic and is a strange caramel color.
The ice cream freezer is one of THE best accessories. It is a small replica of one authentic to Addy's time (not Samantha's). It actually makes a small tablespoon of ice cream and come with a recipe booklet. This item is NOT for play. There are many tiny parts that can easily be lost and it is very fragile. I'd consider buying the newer one to actually use.
ice cream freezer assembled and ready to use
bucket with churn unassembled
bucket with churn assembled
bucket with churn and lid
The hook is suppossed to go through the metal loop
the wooden cross piece slides in the metal slot
top view with handle ready to make ice cream
Last Edit: Mar 2, 2020 21:33:29 GMT -5 by QNPoohBear
I have no idea what you are getting at about the cheap wood or plastic, because I purchased my ice cream freezer July of 2007 and it is antique wood and metal, no plastic to be found anywhere. Mine also came with the recipe card, and you can make real ice cream with it.
I held of purchasing this because everyone kept saying that the new one was a piece of crap and that you could not make any real ice cream with it. When I finally got it I was surprised that it was as high quality as the supposedly retired "original" from Pleasant Company. Yours does not look at all that different from mine.
A+ for the MATTEL version. Well worth the money.
I have heard, however, from AG officially, that in the not too distant future this set will be sold without the recipe card. I do not know why they made that change since the ice cream freezer really works, but they did.
Post by FarmhouseGirl on Feb 26, 2008 11:44:16 GMT -5
I just got one today (February 2008) straight from AG. It was in a new box with a new pamphlet and it is wood! Heavy and nice with real metal. No plastic whatsoever. This is one of my top five accessories. I'm so glad I finally ordered it.
It didn't come with a recipe card however. I would love a scan if anybody is willing to do that.
Since this comes up in discussion threads from time to time, I want to clarify that at no point was the ice cream freezer ever made of plastic. While the wood composition and staining have apparently changed since it first debuted (as can be seen from Tiffany's comparison photo above), and the recipe card was omitted from later versions of the ice cream maker, the piece itself has ALWAYS been made of wood. As of September 2008, AG stopped selling it separately, but as of this writing it is still available as part of Addy's Ice Cream Set.
I have both versions of Addy’s ice cream freezer, and I think they’re both adorable. Although I’ve never actually used them to make ice cream, I love that that’s a possibility.
Here they are side by side:
The older version is on the left, and it has a darker, more weathered appearance. The newer version is just a tiny bit larger, and it has a lighter, more uniformly colored appearance. The difference is especially noticeable when looking at the freezer from the top or the bottom:
You can also see a little difference in the wood handle in that last picture.
The inside components of the freezers are very, very similar, but there is just enough difference in the size so that not all of the parts are completely interchangeable. For example, the churn on one doesn’t quite fit into the bucket and lid of the other, and one of the axles doesn’t quite fit with the other’s handle. I found this out by accident, but it might be helpful for others who are looking for replacement parts.
Here is a photo showing all of the separate components of the freezer. Everything on the left side is part of the older version.
Overall, I like the more antique appearance of the older version better, but both versions seem well-made, functional, and durable. I would probably rate this piece a B+/A- because it’s pretty awesome for what it is, but I just don’t think it gets used as often as some of the other, more everyday pieces.