Chill Factor Slushy Drinks Maker Gets The Toy Tattle Treatment
Character Options sent me a pair of Chill Factor cups to review, and heady with Summer joy, I’ve got a bit experimental.
What’s The Toy?
It’s not a toy at all really, it’s more like a piece of kid-friendly kitchen equipment.
Once cup costs £12.99 and consists of a freezable inner section, silicone outer sleeve, dome lid, and a spoon straw.
The cup needs to be put in your freezer for upwards of four hours, depending on how cold your freezer is. Pour a drink of your choice in, and squish the cup over and over, and watch as it turns into slush.
Does It Work?
After six hours in the freezer, we gave the cups a try, and made a cola slushy.
You can see from the photos how the cola around the edges freezes, then as you squish that ice falls into the middle of the cup, and more cola freezes around the edge, until you all the drink is frozen.
You need to add the cola a little bit at a time, or it will overflow as you squeeze, so patience is required.
Toy Tattle Gets Experimental
The box boasts that you can make slushy milky drinks, and like many other reviewers I gave a little shudder at the thought of frozen chocolate milkshake. But I’m a big fan of Starbucks Frappuccino, and that’s around 50% ice blended with 50% milk, so this morning I decided to pull myself together and get on with the task at hand.
I added a tiny splash of hot water to two teaspons of freeze dried coffee, then added a generous squirt of chocolate syrup (the kind used on icecream) then added that to the frozen cup, and filled it up with milk.
Brazenly ignoring the advice on the box to return milky drinks to the freezer for a few minutes, I just cracked on with the squeezing, and a few minutes later I had this:
Husband was not impressed, but I’m made of tougher stuff and gave it a go.
And guess what? It was lovely.
I’m still not sure about slushing a milkshake but this iced coffee was really good.
When I drink my favourite Frap, I end up sucking up all the lovely coffee, and get left with a lump of flavourless melting ice at the bottom. But with this drink, the frozen bits taste the same as the liquid drink, so there’s no watery ending to the treat.
Grown Up Drinks
Inspired by my adult-friendly coffee concoction, I decided to try out something even more grown-up, the ultimate Summer evening treat, a slushy cocktail.
The important thing to remember is that alcohol lowers the freezing point of a liquid, so it won’t work if you pre-mix the drink and then add it to the slushy cup: you need to slush-up (my new favourite verb) the base, then add alcohol afterwards.
Here’s a few combinations I came up with:
- Slush lemonade plush Pimms;
- Slush cola plus any alcohol you’d normally mix with cola, such as Tia Maria, or Disaronno;
- Slush black coffee and Baileys;
- Slush water (so, just ice really) and a flavoured vodka or fruit liquer like Sourz.
One Cup For Kids And Grown Ups
Depending on the power of your freezer, you should be able to use a cup during the day, then provided you clean and return it to the freezer straight away, it will be ready to use again in the evening, and your kids will never know that you are playing with their new toy after they’ve gone to bed.
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