If you have kids who beg for an Icee or slushy every time they see a store selling them, you may have wondered if the Slushy Magic product lives up to its claims. Is Slushy Magic worth it?
For this Slushy Magic review, I purchased a Slushy Magic kit at BJ’s on sale for $4.99. The kit includes a shaker with lid, a straw/spoon, three “magic” freezer cubes and a brochure with drink recipes.
The directions say to freeze the cubes for two to three hours, but it takes much longer for them to actually freeze, more like overnight or all day. Once the cubes freeze, put the cubes into the shaker cup and fill to the line (about 8 ounces) with any beverage, put the lid on and let it sit for a minute. Then, you need to cover the hole in the lid carefully with your finger while you shake, shake, shake.
Apparently, we don’t have a talent for this undertaking, as our shaking didn’t make a slushy, even shaking for much longer than the one minute indicated in the instructions. However, we did end up with a slushy by placing the beverage in the freezer for about 10 minutes after waiting a minute and shaking a minute. With this method, you have to make sure you don’t forget about the slushy and leave it in there to freeze, with the cubes still inside of it.
According to other online reviews, we aren’t the only ones who have trouble making a slushy by shaking alone. I’m not saying it can’t be done, because some people apparently do manage to get the job done with long, intense shaking. We prefer the freezer method, though. I also had some trouble keeping my finger over the hole. I advise doing all of your shaking either outside or over the sink, or else tape or glue the hole shut. I can’t figure out why it has a hole in the lid to begin with.
Regardless of whether you make a slushy with shaking alone or the shaker/freezer combo, you can only make one 8-ounce slushy at a time. Then, you have to freeze the cubes again for several hours before you can make another one.
If you’d like to try a Slushy Magic, you can find them on Amazon.com for about $10, eligible for Amazon Prime. The Slushy Magic Web site sells two kits for $19.99 plus shipping, with no indication of the shipping charge and no way to find out without entering an order with your name and address. The Web site also offers nothing in the way of contact information for inquiring about shipping charges or asking other questions.
My 10-year-old tester concluded that the Slushy Magic works acceptably well using the shaker and freezer combination method, with the above caveats of taking a significant amount of time to make a relatively small amount of slushy , plus the inability to make another one until the cubes freeze again.
Kids have a blast using the Slushy Magic, but you’ll need some patience, and more than Slushy Magic one if you have more than one child.