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I bought the Chillfactor slushy maker for our various young visitors to use.
The slushy maker looks like a big cup, with a quilted liner. The whole thing is put in the freezer, entirely empty, and then when cold enough, you pour in a chilled soft drink, and squeeze the flexible cup sides. A minute or so later, you have a cup of slushie, instead of juice or whatever.
The age recommendation is from 3 years up. Our pair have been used by ages 4-78 (!) and those at the both ends of the spectrum needed some help to get the squeeze cup going but otherwise it was universally popular and easy to use. You don't of course need a slushy maker to make slushies.
If you have a blender that can crush ice and a supply of ice cubes, you can make slushies using whatever cold drink you like, very quickly. So why buy a Slushy maker? For me it was because the Chill Factor squeeze cup makes producing the drinks a fun activity that children too young to use a blender can be involved in from start to finish. Even the older kids found something kind if magical in watching a liquid turn to ice in their hands, or in their squeeze cup anyway. It makes slushies in around a minute, if you have kept it ready to use in the freezer.
Best of all the slushy maker doesn't need to pluggoing in anywhere, and you don't need to buy any refill packets because it can be used with any cold drinks as a base.
==DOES IT WORK?==
Yes, it does! The squeezing proved a little difficult for one of our 4 year olds who didn't have the strength to make much progress, although another of our visitors the same age had no trouble. I find the colder the drink you pop inside, the faster the slushy forms. Then I give it a few squeezes and the youngest child can complete the job feeling as though they have done all the hard job.
I would recommend this as it has proved a great fun, especially on warm days when it is actually a good way to get cooled down. I thought the novelty would wear off once each child had done it a few times but no, making their own drinks is still considered fun. The Chill Factor cup really does work, and quickly, all without the aid of batteries
Chill factor squeeze slushy is an interesting concept.
My daughter got one for Christmas so we set to work having a go with it.
What is it?
It's a soft plastic cup/beaker which you pop in the freezer and after it's frozen add your favourite juice liquid and get squeezing. It's got a kind of freeze pack inside which is what the liquid sticks to and becomes frozen as squeezing. It also comes with a spoon to spoon out the slushy drink.
Now that's the hard part! it says put in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours, we did that and put the juice in and got squeezing - wow it took some squeezing! It takes quite a while to turn it to slush. The next time we tried we left it in the freezer over night and also put the liquid in the freezer for a while too. It did make it a little easier. You can choose anytype of juice to put in it. We found the stronger the juice to start with the nicer it is as some of the juice seems to fall to the bottom and because it becomes ice it seems to loose it's taste.
It is actually quite hard to squeeze and takes a long time that's why I dropped one star off the rating, I was going to go down another and then thought about the happiness factor so took it back up to four!
Age - considering the hard squeezability I would say most little children would get fed up and the parent will end up being the squeezer and getting fed up. Our daughter aged 12 thinks it's great. So I'd say from age 10 up.
Now in my experience things may not seem worth it to an adult but to a child that's completely different. I remember how much I really wanted a Mr Frosty - it looked amazing and turned the ice into slush! I was so disappointed I never did get one as a child however I was lucky enough to have been bought one when I was 35 I couldn't contain the excitement. Little did I know in my younger years how hard it is to grind the ice down to slush and how little it would make however the novelty factor was fun. So to see my daughters face enjoying the fact she had 'made' Slushy drink was lovely!!!
They are available from most toy stores and amazon and are around £11 to £13, available in bright green, bright blue and red.
I think this is a great product, and is a fun activity on a boring Sunday. However I can be hard to use. It didnt work for a few times, this is because the freeze time is a lot longer that it says in the adverts. When you put the drink in, you have to freeze the drink for a few minutes for it to work, and even then its not to the standard that it should be. I have enjoyed many slushies, but with a lot more hassle than it is supposed to cause! I purchased two of these cups, for myself and my daughter, one of which worked ok and the other did not work at all! So I think it is hit and miss as to whether you get one that works. The one that does work is ok but it is very expensive for what it is. The one that didnt work worked at first then stopped working which was very disapointing. One problem is that it only makes a small amount of slush as if you put too much juice into it then it doesn't freeze the juice at all! Technique is everything! The cup does work, but you have to be aware that it has to be sufficiently chilled in the first place for the process to happen, and also not to do as my daughter did on first use, which is to put it back in the freezer full overnight, leave it to go solid, then poke it with a sharp object in the morning, because if you pierce the inside you get a mouthful of chemical and a dead cup! The second one I bought, which she had to pay for herself, was fine,but an expensive lesson learned. I think it also worth noting that the cup can be dismantled into its constituent parts, for thorough washing, which will keep it hygienic.
When my son saw the chill factor squeeze cup slushy maker advertised on TV he thought it looked fun and cool and I have to say I agreed with him and so I made a mental note to either buy it for him myself for Christmas or to tell somebody else to buy it. As it happens my Mum ended up buying this for my son and this is my review of the product.
==What is it?==
The chill factor squeeze cup slushy maker is actually quite a cool product in that it allows you to make a slush drink in a matter of seconds once your cup has been frozen.
The cup comes in a cardboard box with the brand name, a picture of the cup, a picture of children enjoying their drinks and information on where you could use the product and how you can use the product. Basically all of the information you need is on the box apart from how to assemble the cup after washing and this information is provided in a small leaflet in the box.
This was one of the first presents my son got opened on Christmas Day once he had unwrapped everything because we knew it would need plenty of time in the freezer to freeze the cup and make it functional.
I like how the cup comes in different colours. My son's is red but it is a nice touch perhaps if you have more than one child and want to know who's is who's though I suppose you could write on the bottom or something in a marker pen too if this was an issue.
The cup is made from what feels like a bendy silicone material so it is squishy which is important as you have to squeeze the cup to make the slush. The lid and rings around it are made from a tough plastic so once the cup is assembled it holds its shape well. Inside the silicone there is another section which is the part that freezes and allows you to make the slush. This part needs around four to six hours to be fully frozen and it is important that it is frozen properly before you attempt to make your drink.
Once the cup is frozen you can add any chilled drink that you like to the cup. It is important that the drink you use is chilled because otherwise you won't get a proper slushy result and we learned this the hard way the first time we used the cup as we hadn't read the instructions leaflet properly before we used it. We did get some slush but not as much as we would have thought. If you use a chilled drink it works much better indeed.
Basically once you pour your drink in to the cup you have to squeeze the cup and this must activate the inner section or something, don't ask me I haven't a clue why it works so well! As you squeeze your drink turns in to a slushy and it really is such a cool thing to do and watch! We have had the best results using cherry coke in the cup but I do know you can buy slush syrups to go with this type of product and the blue raspberry is calling me! I am even temped to whack some Baileys in there when my son is in bed and see what happens! My son enjoys the slush and says it is quite tasty but if I use squash I tend to make it a bit stronger than normal but I think this is because of the days when I was young and you would make your own ice lollies but if you didn't make it strong you would basically have a lolly that tasted of nothing!
You do get a spoon straw with the cup too which makes it much easier to eat the slush if you are struggling to get it through the straw itself which I think is a great idea.
Dismantling the cup is really easy and although some parts are dishwasher safe I wouldn't bother with this even if I had a dishwasher as it is dead easy to wash by hand with warm soapy water and then all of the parts are kept together ready for putting back together. Now when I first dismantled the cup I don't have a clue how I did it and I just kind of pulled at parts and then didn't have a clue how to put it back together! I thought I had broken it but having a read of the instructions did make it clear how to put it back together but I am going to make sure we keep these instructions because knowing me I will forget again. It is a quick job once you know how though, just a matter of minutes really from washing up to being back in the freezer ready for being used again. It is so simple.
On the box it tells you this product would be ideal for the beach, holidays, picnics, BBQ's etc and I have to say I agree. I think come summer this will be a wonderful product allowing us to make icy cold slush drinks for my son so easily. Ok once you have one and it is finished you are looking at 4-6 hours before it is ready to go again but I don't envisage this being a problem really as it will just be a nice treat for my son to have one in the hopefully hot weather!
I would recommend this cup. My friends daughter also got one and she loves it too and my friend agrees it is a pretty wonderful product to say it is such a simple idea. The current cost on amazon is a ridiculous £20 but I have seen this cup drop as low as around £7 before Christmas. I think my mum paid around a tenner from her catalogue and at this price I think it is reasonable so it is one to keep your eye on for sure.
Thank you for reading my review!
My kids love slushies. When my son saw an advert for this, he badgered me to get one for him. We bought one with the feeling that it might be fiddly or not produce the results he wanted. But it does! I bought it from Amazon for less than £10. You just assemble the parts and put it in the freezer. Then once the beaker is frozen, you get some chilled juice, pour it in and start massaging the beaker. Gradually the juice forms into flavoured ice and hey presto, a slushy. It comes with a long spoon/straw so that you can scoop out the slush or just suck it up. The parts arte easy to disassemble and wash ready for going in the freezer again. We just keep it in the freezer so that my son can have a slushy when he likes. It is even easy enough for him to do himself and he is only 5. We now intend on getting one for our daughter, who is really jealous. At under £10 makes a lovely stocking filler or Christmas present from a relative.
My Mam rang me just before my eldest daughters birthday saying that she had come across an chill factor cup which was a way of making slush drinks and did I think my daughter would like it for a present, my eldest daughter has a thing about slush drinks and asks for them wherever we go so I knew she would love it. I know that my Mam bought it from Toys R Us but not sure how much she paid for it although it is available to buy on Amazon for £12.84 with free delivery which for the performance of the cup I would say is too expensive.
The cup comes packaged in a cardboard box which is pale blue in colour and made to look like ice on the box, on the side of the box there are 3 steps on how to make your drink and on the front it states Freeze, Squeeze, Enjoy! It tells you that you can make a slush from juice, chocolate milk, soda and more and that the cup is available in 4 different colours which are red, yellow, green and blue, our cup is the red one.
==Inside the Box==
Inside the box you find a rubber red cup which is narrower at the bottom than the top, it has inside it what looks like a lino all the way around it and you can feel liquid inside it. You also get a push on lid for the cup with a hole in the top and then a straw which connects to a scoop at the end just like when you buy a slush from the shop. The cup comes with a set of instructions which are very easy to follow although no matter how many times I read them I still couldn't see how it could work.
You have to place the empty cup into the freezer for 6-8 hours before you use it, I did this much to Sophie's dismay as she thought she was going to get a slush from it straight away. You are told on the instructions to only use chilled drinks or it won't work so at the same time I put a cup of orange juice into the fridge. Sophie was rather impatient so after 6 hours I took the cup out of freezer and poured the juice inside to just below where the silicone inside meets the rubber, placed the lid on the cup and then squeezed it from the outside. What resulted was a drink of very weak juice with a few flakes of ice floating around inside it but Sophie was rather impressed anyway.
The second time I used this cup I decided to not mention it to Sophie so it could have longer in the freezer, I put the cup in the freezer on the night and didn't get it out again until the following afternoon so it had a good 20 hours in the freezer at least. I made the juice much stronger this time and placed this in the fridge for the same length of time again, when it was time I completed the squeezing process again and this time I got a stronger drink of juice with a few extra flakes of ice in it. Again Sophie was more than impressed.
The cup comes apart into 6 pieces, there are 4 pieces which make up the top of the cup and the lid and these can be washed in a dishwasher but you are told the water must be 60 degrees, the other 2 parts are the inner and outer part of the cup which are handwash only. The whole cup is easy to wash and also easy to put back together as you simply screw all the pieces back together again.
Sophie thinks the cup is fantastic and when it comes down to it that is really what is important however the cup really isn't worth the price tag as it simply doesn't make a slush. If you use string juice then you do end up with a nice cold drink with bits of slush ice inside it but I would say the ice is only about 20% of the drink which of course a proper slush isn't. The drinks are nice and refreshing and perfect on a lovely summers day like we have been having recently, I give the cup 3 stars as the drink is refreshing and the cup is easy to use but it takes too long for a child as they get impatient and the result isn't like a slush you buy from the shops.