Many years ago I had a similar, hand crank ice cream maker and I enjoyed it very much while it lasted. But it was smaller and manual. This lovely product is electric and requires no cranking. It also has a larger bowl and can make more ice cream at one time.
You need to pre-freeze the receptacle for at least 8 hours (the manufacturer recommends, and I concur, storing it in the freezer at all times so you are always at the ready when cravings strike).
The machine was very easy to assemble and surprisingly quiet when running.
Since I'm currently trying to keep things on the lean and healthy side around here, Jen and I decided to make some frozen yogurt on our machine's maiden voyage. What could be simpler? No fancy recipes (though the machine comes with a lovely little handbook containing recipes for many delicacies from traditional vanilla ice cream to sorbets to fancier concoctions with names like Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream and Pina Colada Sherbet). We just opened two containers of yogurt, flicked the switch and poured them in.
Twenty minutes later we had delicious soft served frozen yogurt.
I might mention that cleanup was a breeze as well.
I can't wait to try the included recipe for Chocolate Frozen Yogurt.
Here are some "during" and "after" photos to whet your appetite.
Postscript: I made frozen yogurt again - this time for one. A bit too much of the end product became overly frozen and stuck to the walls of the container. I guess this machine works better with larger batches.... Fro-Yo party anyone?
(Side note off topic to Perlsand and Annette - Please check the comments section again on the Haman Man post for a new comment about your grandmother)