I am a Stonyfield Ambassador, and as such, received coupons for Stonyfield Yogurt and a YayLab SoftShell Ice Cream Ball for use in the following post. All opinions and writing are 100% my own.
The kids have been out of school for a few weeks now, so when a little boredom and hot weather combined, we pulled out our YayLab SoftShell Ice Cream Ball and decided to make some homemade frozen yogurt. I had never used an ice cream ball before, so I was a complete novice in the whole ordeal. Luckily, it’s pretty straightforward and the instruction booklet told me everything I needed to know!
The ball has two different openings on the top and bottom, one for the ice and rock salt and one for the ice cream (or yogurt) ingredients. We decided to keep it simple and do strawberry frozen yogurt using only the Stonyfield Low-fat Strawberry Yogurt.
We put in the required amount of yogurt, resealed the opening, and then flipped it over and added the ice and salt. We used kosher salt, since I couldn’t find rock salt in the grocery store (it’s where the regular salt is located). If you use kosher salt, you will need to add an extra 1/4 cup.
The boys and I headed outside to roll the ball around for about 20 minutes. The time that you need to roll depends on the ingredients you use i.e. soy milk, yogurt, cream, etc. I would HIGHLY recommend rolling it outside in case of any potential leaks. We didn’t have any, but I err on the side of caution. 🙂 The boys managed to keep it going for the whole time period and then rushed in to check on the finished product.
When you open the container, you will see the ice cream (or frozen yogurt) is stuck to the outer walls of the cylinder. You will need to scrape it off with a wooden spoon or other utensil. Although you’re not really supposed to use a metal knife, I resorted to doing so, because I had trouble dislodging it from the sides.
Overall, the boys loved the process of making the frozen yogurt, and it kept them busy for quite a while! I would definitely recommend the YayLabs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball for a fun summer activity to keep the kids moving, with a sweet treat for a reward! 🙂