Now who remembers Mr Frosty?
Wow this has brought back some memories but not all were great back in the 80's especially when it came to Mr Frosty.
If you were born in the 80's Or know someone who was , I am sure they would have mentioned this to you before as this was the must have children's toy back then when gadgets were not really a thing and toys were becoming the greatest (well in my opinion that is, I would take a Mr stretch and a blabbermouth any day over a Smart dog or finger sized plastic toy that does nothing but repeat the same phrases over and over to you ) .
Well it was not really a toy , more like an over sized grater that was made poorly of thin plastic and the grater? well it couldn't even grate cheese , never mind the cubes you had to put into it but the concept was fun and that is what drew everyone to wanting one.
The product was what can only be described as a snow cone maker , basically a slush with fantastic flavours and all you had to do was take of the snowman's hat and stuff ice cubes down the shoot, stand for an hour while your parents painfully spent what felt like forever turning the grinder to crush about a hundred ice cubes to get about a mouthful and make it look like a small melted puddle.
It might have been a terrible fail but at the time it was all exciting and to be fare , they have brought out many more like it since but guess what?
Mr Frosty is back but with a new and improved idea, The Choc Ice Maker and this time it actually works , well to an extent.
When we were kids we opened the Mr Frosty imagining loads of fantastic pieces to be inside to make all these amazing wonders but in reality it came with an ice cube tray and the snowman grater that we were not even allowed to touch in case we grate our hands of , this time round we got a cool Igloo that we later found out to be a microwavable dish with a lid that had spaces to hold the lollies once completed and even better for me was the gorgeous mould of snowmen and penguins which were the cutest ever , you even got some lovely sticks to complete the whole design of making lollipops.
Now I have to admit , I have no idea why these are called Choc Ices as in my opinion they look and feel more like an ice lolly , I think it is just the ingredients they have used to make it so but we have had a great time with this and this time the quality really is the best it can be .
The instructions were so easy that my youngest son aged 3 took over with his 8 year old brother and made claim to the Choc Ice Maker, mainly eating it all before we got chance to use it .
The mould is able to be used with many ingredients , many may choose to use this for juice to freeze, chocolate or crushed fruits but we chose fromage frai yogurts and so we filled the mould with about 1 tub to 2 mould shapes and added the red sticks before freezing so we could have our handle in place before decorating and been able to eat them.
It did not take long to wait for the yogurt to freeze once in the freezer but I suppose it all depends what you are placing in your mould to know how long it will take for other things choices of fillings , we did not wait longer than 1 hour before we removed ours from the freezer .
While they were being frozen , we chopped a bar of chocolate into small cubes and placed them into the Igloo , added the lid and placed it into the microwave for 30 seconds each time ensuring the chocolate was melting and stirring to ensure it didn't burn and spoil .
I think he enjoyed eating it more than making it but once the mould tray came out of the freezer we carefully removed each one by its stick and placed it into the warm melted chocolate (we tried to allow it to cool a little so not to be to hot for the frozen ingredient) , I really think this is something a parent needs to do because we found that the kids spent too long twirling the frozen yogurt into the chocolate and it meant it was melting the yogurt but setting the chocolate quickly but unevenly.
Once we got a layer covering the mould we quickly dipped it into the sprinkles and placed back into the freezer using the Igloo stand to allow the chocolate to also have time to freeze.
I think we were all pleasantly surprised how good they tasted and how they turned out (although no sign of a penguin or snowman in sight due to the uneven thick chocolate ) , the boys really loved them and they even looked like little fireworks ideal for their firework display we had in the garden later that evening for them .
We have to say a massive Well done to Mr Frosty this time for making a fantastic idea that even my 3 year old enjoyed although aimed at ages 5+and costing only £12.99 by Flair and a perfect gift for anyone who loves to be creative and enjoys a Choc Ice or Lolly.