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Built to make ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, it excels at another – frozen fruit dessert.
This paddle is for the fruit dessert. It is designed to spin and crush chunks of fresh fruit.
This is the ice cream/frozen yogurt blade.
When I first removed it from the box I wondered where the cord was. It has this nice little pocket to place the cord when you are storing it.
Here is where the magic happens. Unlike other frozen fruit dessert makers that require you start with frozen fruit, the Fruit Scoop uses fresh fruit. It does this by using this magic bowl. Using a double-walled design, the bowl contains a cooling liquid. You place the bowl into the freezer and let that liquid freeze. Then when you are using it, that liquid transfers the cold to the ingredients inside. No need for ice.
The bowl sits inside the unit when ready. Notice the square on the inside. The blades sit on that and it rotates to turn the blade. Let’s give it a try. Bowl has been freezing for 18+ hours and is ready to use.
Starting with 16oz of fresh strawberries and two bananas. For the frozen fruit dessert, you generally need some soft fruit as part of the recipes. Bananas and mangos are perfect for the job.
The bananas are sliced into chunks and the strawberries have the tops removed and sliced in half.
Turn on the unit and drop the fruit in the top.
All the fruit is in. Notice it was only strawberries and bananas. No sugar. No dairy. Nothing but a little fruit. Let it run for 15-20 minutes.
And you have this wonderful frozen dessert. At the 15 minute mark it has a consistency half-way between soft serve and regular ice cream. It makes around 1 ¼ quarts.
This stuff is refreshing, delicious and healthy! A perfect treat for the summer.
The next attempt was with bananas and blackberries. While still tasting great, blackberries have a lot more seeds, so it was a different consistency.
The third fruit combination was bananas and mangos. I bought some pre-sliced mango from the grocery store so this was really easy. A nice tropical treat!
Time to try some ice cream. This one had some mix-ins in addition to the normal ingredients. Start the ice cream and add the mix-ins near or at the end.
Use utensils that won’t scratch up the inside when removing the ice cream or frozen dessert. Once cleaned up, put it back into the freezer so it is ready for the next day!
Great tasting home made ice cream with only natural ingredients!
My Take: The Fruit Scoop by Cuisinart is a must have for the warmer weather. I’ve tested a different frozen fruit dessert maker in the past and the Fruit Scoop is in a class by itself. It is easy to use, easy to clean, makes a good quantity and uses fresh (not frozen) ingredients. Place dinner on the table, start the Fruit Scoop and by the time everyone is done with their meal, a nice homemade frozen dessert is ready. Whether you are making premium ice cream or looking for a healthy and lower calorie dessert, the Fruit Scoop is a great choice. I loved it so much that I even talked my mom into purchasing one. If it is good enough for mom, I know you’ll love it too. You can purchase it at many online and in store retailers including here.