One of the biggest things most people dislike about slushie making is the noise that comes along with grinding ice to make slush. With the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker, this will no longer be an issue. It is the quietest because of its design and it also gives you flexibility in your beverage options. Are you ready to see what a noise-free personal slushie maker is all about?
One of the first things you will notice about this blender is the design. It is a cup that is available in a variety of colors. In fact, you wouldn’t even know it was a personal slushie maker if it was not written on the front.
Each of these cups is going to measure 3.9 x 6.7 x 3.9 inches. This is approximately 8-ounces of your favorite recipe options to enjoy whenever you want something exceptionally cold to drink. They weigh 1.1-pounds. For most people, this is the average size for cups that they normally use, but maybe a little heavier.
The overall design of these cups is simple. You get a cup with a plastic sleeve. Inside the sleeve, you will find a freezable inner core. The core does contain a refrigerant to ensure that it can be frozen effectively. All materials are BPA- and phthalate-free.
These cups make it easy. You can come up with a large variety of flavors and combinations. You are not confined to using syrups the way that other slushie makers need. Blended fruit smoothies, adult drinks, extra chilly eggnog, iced coffee, and teas, etc. Anything you want to put into it can come out slushed.
Using the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker
One thing about this cup is that by design, you will use it like you would an ice cream maker. This is because it has a freezable inner core. You must first put the inner core into the freezer for 8-18 hours. When frozen, you will take it from the freezer and add your ingredients to it.
After you add your favorite ingredients, whether making smoothies, slushies, or shakes, you will need to bust up the ice crystals mixing it. You can do this by using the included scraping spoon. How long you spend mixing and the amount of time you left it in the freezer will both influence how “iced” your slushies become. Your mix may also impact its solidity. This should only take about 7-10 minutes, but if the temperature it warm, it can take a little longer. Most people will see some icy chunks within 2-4 minutes.
When you are happy with your mixture’s texture, you will want to serve it or enjoy it immediately. However, it will hold the icy mixture for quite a while so that you do not have to drink it quickly to enjoy it.
After you have finished your slushie or shake, you should hand wash it. You can then put it back in the freezer for the next day if you want to drink cold slushies often.
- Tip for Using: This shake and slushie maker will only work with sugary beverages. If you get sugar-free sodas or similar, you will not get the results that you want from using them.
Comparison Between Zoku and Other Personal Slushie Makers
There are a surprising number of slush cups available for you to consider. For instance, the KOVIPGU slushie mug is available. It requires you to freeze the cup for about 10-hours. You will then have to stir it as you would the Zoku, but it costs just a little more.
Another option is the Slushy Maker Ice Cup that offers a double-layer silica design. It only requires you to freeze it for about 5-hours. To mix your ingredients, you will only need to squeeze the cup. It seems to work quite well, but it does have a higher price tag. Plus, there is also a risk of beverages getting between the layers of silica.
Our Final Thoughts: Is the Zoku Worth It?
We see how this could annoy some people. You do have to spend some time mixing and scraping ice to get the slushed consistency that you want. However, the cup does everything that it promises to be able to do. It promises to make slushies or shakes quickly, easily, and for personal enjoyment. It works fast enough for us and provides a consistency that is quite chilled and enjoyable. Therefore, for us, it is nice.
Some people have issues with the fact that you need sugary ingredients. This is not any different from other slushie makers, even those with an auger that stirs for you. Commercial slushie machines use sugary syrups as well. This does not mean you cannot use healthy sugars. Fresh fruit juices will slush as well as syrups and it is healthy for you.
Overall, we feel it is a great option to consider if you just want to cool off with slushies this summer. It will provide that, and if you have kids, they will get a kick out of watching juice become slush or milk become ice cream.