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  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Fun, Homemade ice cream
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer, Noise

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Frozen Treats. One Pint at a Time

    Posted .

    I should say up front that I received the Ninja CREAMi for the purposes of providing a fair and unbiased review. And, I must say, I love reviewing items by Ninja. I always eat well when a Ninja product comes into the kitchen. For the past week and a half, I have had ice cream, sorbets, and a few milk shakes. The Ninja CREAMi is a fun way to make ice cream and frozen deserts at home. However, instructions can be a bit contradictory, and the device doesn’t always behave as you would expect. Limitations with the design meant frozen bits of fruit or undissolved bits of cocoa got stuck to the sides or the bottoms of the pints. My milkshakes were an outright disaster. However, despite any setbacks, I still had a lot of fun with the CREAMi. Most of the deserts tasted great. For those reasons, I am recommending the Ninja CREAMi. SETUP: The Ninja CREAMi comes with three pints and lids, the base unit, a creamerizer paddle, and an outer bowl and lid. Detailed instructions are hard to come by at the moment, but the quick start and recipe guide do a good job explaining set up. All the components except for the base are top shelf dishwasher safe. EXECUTION: I started with a pint of the vanilla ice cream from the recipe guide and a mango sorbet. Both recipes were easy enough to execute. The sorbet was just placing canned fruit into the pint and topping with juice until you reached the predesignated fill line. Most recipes require the pint and their contents be frozen for 24 hours. You then remove the lid from the pint, lock the pint into the outer bowl and lid, place bowl onto the base, twist to raise the bowl up, and then select which frozen desert you want to make on the device. I made up a few pints of vanilla and let them sit in the freezer. They still tasted great a few days after processing. It seemed most recipes could keep for up to two weeks in a freezer. This device is loud. It sounds like you are running a blender or a garbage disposal. If you have any sensitive neighbors or pets, probably best to not run the CREAMi too late at night. When making ice cream, your ice cream may come out looking crumbly. If that is the case, you simply place the bowl back on the stand and select re-spin from the front panel. Over the course of the last week, I have made chocolate ice cream, plain vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, strawberry ice cream, mango sorbet, mandarin orange sorbet, and two milk shakes. Most of those recipes came out well. I have another pint of vanilla freezing in the fridge right now. I followed the instructions that came with the device for each recipe because everything felt like it had to be extremely specific for risk of damaging the machine. Ninja warns against using pints that froze at an angle. They warn against using certain ingredients unless they are properly frozen in advance. With rules against using unlevel pints, I found myself a bit surprised by the milk shake recipe which just uses store bought ice cream and milk. When I tried making milkshakes, the paddle would catch the ice cream at an angle and spin the CREAMi around on the cabinet. It made a mess. I am sure Ninja would just say my freezer is too cold, the ice cream was too hard, and that’s why the milkshake feature didn’t work very well. And that might be. But even if the milkshake feature had worked better, it still did not make very much. In fact, that is probably one of my biggest complaints with this setup. It is great to be able to make your own pint of ice cream, but it’s just a pint. It was perfect for two or three people, but if you have a family of four or five, you best be ready to make several pints. The other design flaw is that the paddle does not fully reach the sides of the pints. That makes sense as the paddle would then be scraping up the pint. But the result was, I had hard, icy mango pieces that froze to the side of the container. The outer sides of the sorbet were not near as creamy as the center. Ninja has a promotion in the quick start guide offering a free pint container as a condition for registering the CREAMi online. A lot of the QR codes and offers were not quite live at the time of my testing, but I look forward to picking up more pints and trying my hand at more treats in the future. Individual pint containers sell on Ninja’s website for $14.95 a piece or $19.99 for two. You can also buy replacements for all the components from Ninja’s website. SUGGESTIONS: If you want to make Strawberry, be sure to slice up and freeze some strawberry pieces to incorporate as mix-ins later. Also, if you make chocolate, I suggest straining out the mixture as you pour it into the pint. You know how you can have undissolved cocoa when you try to make hot cocoa? Well, that can happen with the chocolate ice cream recipe as well. CONCLUSION: it is not a perfect execution, but I still really like the CREAMi. I probably would not use the CREAMi to make another milkshake when I have a perfectly good blender, but the pints of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate all tasted good. I wish the device had done a better job fully incorporating the edges of the pints, but as it is, I thought everything I made tasted good. The vanilla with chocolate chips and cookie dough tastes amazing. It is nice to be able to make ice cream and frozen deserts knowing full well what is going into it. Making sorbet is a simple and healthy way to make up a frozen desert. I am looking forward to trying out the gelato. I recommend the CREAMi. I have had a lot of fun with it. Just make sure you are aware of the limitations of the device going into it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Ease of use, Fun

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun, Fast, easy ice cream treats for everyone!

    Posted .

    ============================ >>>>> Bottom Line Up front: <<<<< ============================ The Ninja CREAMi ice cream maker is super easy to use and lets you enjoy ice cream stand quality treats at home. Adding the CREAMi to my kitchen has really made my kids want to be more involved in all kids of cooking now that they can see how easy it to make so many different types of frozen treats at home. The CREAMi blends easily with any modern kitchen aesthetic, and won’t break the bank bringing it home. ============================ >>>>> My detailed thoughts: <<<<< ============================ =============================== >>>>> Overall Design/Aesthetics: <<<<< =============================== If your fan of Ninja products in general (as I am) – you’ll find that the CREAMi is right at home on your counter top sitting side by with many of their current kitchen appliance/devices (such as the Ninja Foodie series products, Blenders, etc.). The simple two-tone silver black exterior colors and blue LED lighting are exactly what I happen to like in my kitchen, and should go with any dark or modern theme; but if that not you’re your “style” you’re not really left with any other choices. I always wish there were at least a couple more color choices for those people that happen to like actual “color” in their kitchens, or more obsessed with “color coordination” in their spaces. That being said, thank to an over all “slim” style exterior design you can just as easily tuck it away under a counter or in a cabinet if needed. As with all Ninja products I have ever used, every button and function are easily identifiable, labeled and makes sense while using the CREAMi itself. In my opinion, the CREAMi is super easy to use, but I have to admit that is in large part thanks to the outstanding videos and guides that Ninja makes available to you right out the box. All you have to do is scan the QR code right on the unit, or visit Ninja’s site and you will have access to many useful videos of the CERAMi’s setup, use, and recipes so that you can get going as quickly as possible after unboxing it. If I had to nit pick though, the unit is on the “plastic-y” side of things, which one would expect for this type of unit’s work – but it feels very solid and still have metal contact points for the blades and drive system itself. I just hope the plastic latched and mechanisms hold up over time, but so far so good and I know Ninja has always stood behind their products in the past if/when I had issues. ====================================== >>>>> Making ice cream/CREAMi usage: <<<<< ====================================== On to the meat and potatoes …. If you actually take the 5/10 mins to read the instructions or watch a Ninja CREAMi video or two …. the whole process is SUPER easy and pretty straight forward. The CREAMi comes with a little recipe book, so there are more enough recipes to get started making everything from traditional ice cream styled treats, milk shakes, sorbets and the like. The package included 3 of the CREAMi “Pint” containers – so I opted to try and make the classic “Neapolitan” trifecta of Vanilla, Strawberry, and Chocolate. I have three kids under 10 years old at home, and they were super fascinated in making homemade ice cream – so they were all about helping mixing the ingredients and starting to make the “bases” for enjoyment later. REMBER THIS IS NOT A BLENDER! - so don't treat it like one or may not work right or break! If your new to making “homemade” noncommercial style ice cream deserts at home – you may be surprised that there are more than a few ways to “make it” … ranging from using plastic Ziplock bags …to electric and hand crank machines that churn your concoctions for you. Having used many of those types of machines myself – the CREAMi has them beat when it comes to simplify and the sheer amount of versatility with minimal effort. The added bonus is being able to make “blizzard” style treats by adding chocolate chips, candies or cookies as part of the “spinning” or mixing process when you are ready to serve them up. All you have to do is follow the recipe for the base, freeze for 24 hours, turn the CREAMi on, pop the base in the bowl, push the corresponding button for the type of treat you want – and let the CREAMi do its thing. It really is that simple. The only knit picky things that come to mind is that the CREAMi definitely isn’t the quietest thing as you may expect, and some of the plastic heavy product design comes into question as you constantly push/rotate/remove the bowl/pints/bases and blade for regular use and cleaning over time – but like I said before, Ninja has always stood behind their products if that actually did become an issue. I accidentally filled my first chocolate pint past the “max fill” line, and I observed slightly more noise then usual, and some of the chocolate ice cream came out of the top opening where the blade assembly meets the metal drive bit. That was completely my fault, and I wouldn’t hold that against the machine, since that was entirely my error, but I would caution that you make sure to keep your bases under the pint containers max fill line to avoid any issues in the future with your CREAMi. ========================= >>>>> Closing thoughts: <<<<< ========================= The Ninja CREAMi has been a huge hit in my kitchen. The kids love it – I like it, and the sky is the limit as to how you want to concoct your own personalized treats. Making the bases and adding the mix-ins were so easy my kids were all able to master the process after making the first couple of pints and are all about trying to make new flavors and treats they had never thought of before. To me personally, that is a huge win – because they are super excited to “make” something with me for a change. To top it off the results were just as good as we would get from a local “drive-thru” creamery stand. As long as you don’t go over the max fill line (as I did with one of my first pints) – its super easy to clean and operate as well. The CREAMi is not super expensive and would make a great addition to any kitchen – even if you have one of the more “traditional” style of ice cream makers simply because of the added versatility it brings to your everyday.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Ease of use
    Cons mentioned:
    Dessert, Freezer

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile frozen dessert maker

    Posted .

    Pros Versatile Dishwasher safe Easy to use You can make your own custom flavors Multiple pints containers allow options Cons Has a bit of a learning curve Warnings of damage might prevent trying new combinations Base must be frozen perfectly flat to prevent damage Design The Ninja Creami resembles narrow, tall coffee maker more than a blender. At first glance you would think it would hold a large picture but with the motor housing and blades that plunge down there is only room for a pint-sized container. The picture comes in two portions. There is an outer container which appears to be mainly for safety to lock it into the machine and then the inner removable container houses the frozen treat base which you will process. The overall design is distinctly Ninja where most of the unit is black and gray with chrome accents for buttons. Usage The recipe book has many recipes to start you off, including lite options. Some recipes even have regular and lite options combined into one, such as replacing sugar with a combination of stevia and agave. One thing that may cause concern is there are several warnings of damage when using the machine, such as with certain ingredients, or if the base is frozen slightly off level, or if the base is frozen too cold. Also, typically the base will refreeze hard when you put it back in the freezer. This means if you want to run it through the Creami again later, you must smooth the top flat before putting in the freezer or risk damage. While this problem is easy to avoid, this might cause a new owner to be concerned that is seems too easy to damage the Creami. If you have owned Ninja products before you will be familiar with the adjustment period where at first you feel overwhelmed with the features and options before you realize they are all very familiar. Once you understand the basics, its simple to use and without damage. With nearly every recipe, you start with a few ingredients and mix them and add them into one of the three included bases. Just don’t fill it past the line in the container and you will be good. Put it on a level shelf in a regular freezer and around 24 hours you can run it through the Creami. This is essentially the process for most frozen dessert options. The main difference, besides the ingredients, is how the Creami processes the base you have frozen. For ice cream the blending sounds a bit slower where a milkshake blends fast nearly the entire time. Regardless of which option you choose, the progress will be displayed as 4 lights at the top of the control panel. When all four are lit up, you are done and unless adding more ingredients you are ready to enjoy. Performance With the right ingredients you might be pleasantly surprised with the results. While not identical to store or restaurant style desserts, the results are arguably better as you can tailor things to exactly what you want. You can make what you want, the way you like it, while saving money. Gelato comes out with the consistency of soft serve and very smooth and rich. Ice cream also comes out heavy and thick but smooth. Unlike ice cream purchase at the store, scooping out ice cream the next day requires letting it sit out or reblending. Overall, it’s worth the wait. Milkshakes are one of the few things that don’t require waiting the customary 24 hours. All you need is 1 ½ cups of ice cream and a ½ cup of whole milk and a couple of minutes later you have a milkshake. Consistently is soft enough to drink easily with a straw. If you like thicker shakes, there doesn’t seem to be a way to choose a thicker option, but the default seems perfect for most. Final Thoughts If you have been considering a machine to make frozen desserts at home and you like Ninja products, the choice is easy. You will enjoy it. For everyone else, the question is if you want a versatile machine that’s easy to use, easy to clean up, and give you the choice to make it the way you like then the Ninja Creami is work a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Homemade ice cream
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An Easier Way to Make Ice Cream

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I love this machine. The Ninja CREAMi makes it so much easier to make ice cream. Just make an ice cream recipe, pour it into the containers and freeze. I’ve been using recipes I found on the internet. The next day, put the frozen mix into the Ninja, push a button and in 3 minutes….ice cream! Before getting the Ninja, I was using a Cuisinart which required freezing the quart bowl and then churning the mixture for 20 minutes until frozen. With the Ninja, the mixture is already frozen in the containers so you can turn it into ice cream when you want it. Plus the Ninja CREAMi is about the size of a coffeemaker, so it doesn’t take up much counter space. Buy it — you’ll love it, too.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Homemade ice cream

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Ice cream Dreams

    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I have always loved ice cream and I tried to make it with rock salt but it never comes out the consistency I want it to be. I bought this on a whim because you can make all types of frozen treats! It is so easy to use and comes with a recipe book that tells you exactly what to do. The ice cream comes out super creamy and tastes amazing! Definitely, a fun thing to do with friends and family. You can make your own little ice cream bar! It is a bit larger than I thought it would be so you need more counter space but I just put it away after using it. It takes about 30 seconds to make.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Fun, Homemade ice cream

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, Fun to use

    Posted .

    I’ll start by saying that this product is a bit of a novelty item. Not everyone is going to need this machine. I say this because the machine actually doesn’t “make the ice cream” you still have to put in the work to prepare your cream base and freeze it for a day. So just know that. Don’t expect this machine to make the ice cream in an instant. That being said, I do appreciate what this product provides. Especially since I have a lot of nephews. They had a blast “making their own ice cream”. I do like the pint containers that come included. They allow easy storage of ice cream in your freezer and since there is 3 of them. You can make different flavors at a time. They are easy to clean and very sturdy. The machine itself is more of a processor. It will blend up and turn your frozen cream base into a soft serve ice cream. The product comes with a recipe book for ice creams, milk shakes, sorbets. Once you make a couple , you’ll get a feel for making the cream base and will want to experiment with different ingredients. The kids enjoyed mixing in their own cookies and treats into their ice cream and milk shakes. It is fairly foolproof to use with all the preset buttons and very easy to clean. Would I recommend this to a friend? I would but only if you enjoying spending time to make your own ice cream and deserts. I could see this being very useful to anyone with kids or who just loves to make ice cream and milk shakes.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Homemade ice cream

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy way to make creamy ice cream treats!

    Posted .

    I have been using the Creami for about a week and in that time we made three pints of ice cream. This is my first ice cream "maker" and if I had known it was this easy, I would have started making my own ice cream a long time ago! Although this is my first ice cream maker, I have looked at other brands and machines and what makes the Creami different is it doesn't "freeze" the ice cream. Instead you freeze it first in the provided pint containers, then use the machine to "blend" the results. In that way, it's more of a fancy blender (although don't use it at such) vs. what I would consider a traditional ice cream maker. There's no tubs to pre-freeze and you don't need to have ice, cold water or salt avaialble. It includes a recipe book with a lot of great recipes - I can't wait to try them all. The basic recipe for either a vanilla or chocolate "base" uses milk, heavy cream and cream cheese. Once the base is frozen (they advise 24 hours), you use the machine to "cream" the base, then add in "blend ins" like nuts, cookies, etc. and mix again. The consistency and mouthfeel of the ice cream it produced is very similar, if not identical to ice cream we've had from local craft ice cream shops. The only downsides are the mixing "bowl" is plastic and has a lot of nooks and crannies to clean and the machine only includes one paddle, so you'll need to wash it between uses if you are making/mixing multiple flavors in one session.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Ease of use, Fun

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Ninja Product Ever

    Posted .

    Let me start by saying I never knew making Ice Cream and Fruit Sorbets at home could be so fun and so Delicious! As soon as my Ninja Creami was delivered I opened it up and began reading the instruction booklet because it was hot out and we wanted Ice Cream! The packaging was well constructed and the mixing Paddle had a nice wrap of cardboard around it so that it was easy to handle. Three one pint mixing containers with lids are included as well as the Handled Mixing bowl that holds the one pint containers for mixing. There is an abundance of Delicious Recipes to get you started so I started notating the items I already have at home and then listed what I needed from the store to get mixing. Once I returned home from shopping I started creating. The recipes in the booklet all require the mixtures to freeze for 24 hours so I started with making 2 base flavors of Ice Cream using the ingredients listed in the recipes. Strawberry and Vanilla. I found the use of Cream Cheese in the Vanilla intriguing. The recipes are easy to read and follow. Once the Vanilla and Strawberry were mixed and in the freezer I used some store-bought Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream to experiment with for the Mix-In setting. The Items I used to Mix-Into store-bought Vanilla Ice Cream: Mini Brownies, Soft Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips, Swiss Mocha Instant Coffee, and Mini Chocolate Chips. I mixed each of these items in separate batches. I followed the instructions for putting the one pint container into the Outer Mixing Bowl then placing it on the unit and locking it into place. The panel display lit up and was VERY easy to see and READ. I selected the Mix-In button and moments later the Ice Cream was mixed. I pushed the release button spun the Handled Bowl back down, removed the Mixing lid, and had beautiful creamy Mixed Ice Cream! I do have to say that getting the paddle off after making a mixture is a little tricky but I learned to release it onto a plastic lid so as not to get ice cream on everything or drop the paddle because it's so cold or slippery depending on how long I let it set out on the counter. The Brownie was thoroughly mixed into the Ice Cream. The Peanut Butter Cookies were thoroughly mixed into the Ice Cream with the Peanut Butter Chips remaining whole. The Instant Coffee blended evenly all the way through and the Mini Chocolate Chip batch was well mixed as well leaving the chips intact. Both the Brownie and Peanut Butter Cookie batches were very creamy. I was thrilled with all 4 mixtures. I then made the Lemon Sorbet Mixture and put it into the one pint container so that it could freeze. The next day we tried the Vanilla and Strawberry Mixes. My freezer is set at 0 degrees so I first used the Ice Cream Setting and then used the Re-Spin setting to get them creamy. Both flavors tasted really good But we found that using the Heavy Cream in the recipe left an after coating in our mouths. (So I noted that and just used the milk and a little more cream cheese when I redid the recipes a few days later...Oh Yes much better! Loved them both!) Next to try was the Lemon Sorbet. The one pint containers are clear so I could see the nicely frozen lemon mixture. The Sorbet button was selected and this time was really fun to watch because I could see the progress of the paddle as it went down and back up. Truth be told I love Lemons and this was just so tasty and fun for me, I will have Lemon Sorbet in my freezer from now on! The next adventure was to make a Fruit Sorbet from a can of fruit. I was truly skeptical but my Granddaughter loves fruit cups so I had to give it a try. I made a Mixed Fruit Cocktail Sorbet and a Pineapple Sorbet. I let her help me after they were frozen and she loved seeing the pictures on the buttons and really liked seeing the fruit get mixed. She really enjoyed the fruit cocktail one she said it was yummy. I had to laugh though when she tried the pineapple because she stuck her fingers into the pint container and wouldn't let me put it in bowl. She just kept eating it out of the container! I really enjoyed eating it too! I also created a layered mixture of fresh Banana, Vanilla Yogurt, and Strawberries. Again my Granddaughter helped and again she was thrilled. This is her favorite Ninja Product by far. So in summary, I love my Ninja Creami! Everyone who was at my house this weekend that tried a creation ate it all and made a request for more. There are now several suggested flavors for their next visit. Awesome Product. I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Ease of use, Fun
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun and easy to use frozen treat maker!

    Posted .

    Who knew making ice cream and frozen treats could be so easy? I've never attempted to make ice cream before, but definitely like eating ice cream. I figured this product would allow me to make healthier alternatives to store bought ice cream and I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use! The Creami comes with a book of 30 recipes that include ice cream, sorbet, gelato, milkshakes, and smoothies. You can make your ice cream / frozen treat bases from scratch or use store bought ice cream when you don't already have some made up to make milkshakes or to use the mix-in feature and make Blizzard style treats. The possibilities are endless! There is also an entire Ninja Foodie community online that has even more recipes and ideas! I'll try to breakdown my review into the pros and cons of the Creami that I found... PROS: - The treat recipes that I tried are super easy to make and taste delicious! The online community of recipes was a nice surprise too! - The Creami looks great on the counter and is about the same size as my programmable coffee maker. - It feels solid and well-made and comes with a 1 year warranty. - Easy to use! The preset buttons make it a breeze to choose the proper setting for your treat. - The Mix-In feature that allows you to gently mix in extra ingredients at the end of the blending process. This allows the extra ingredients to stay in pieces throughout the mix. - Easy to clean! The parts are dishwasher safe, and the mixing blade comes out easily for cleaning and locks back into place easily. - The Respin option that quickly remixes your treat if you want to refreeze part of a pint and eat later. CONS: - You need to freeze your homemade bases for 24 hours, so unless you want to use store bought ice cream for milkshakes or mix-ins you'll need to plan your treats a day in advance. - The Creami is a bit louder than I was expecting. Similar to a blender. - The 3 pint sized mixing containers that come with the Creami, and the time it takes to mix each one kind of limits this to how many people can be served at a time. The mixing can take anywhere from 1 to 3.5 minutes, depending on what you're making, so it's probably not something you would want to attempt to use to serve more than a few people at a time. I think this product is a lot of fun to use and will be on my counter for years to come. Looking forward to try more of the amazing recipes that are in the provided book and online! I would definitely recommend this to a friend!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Homemade ice cream

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect gift for ice cream lovers

    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I love this ice cream maker. It’s not too big so it fits perfectly on my counter. My favorite part is that not only does it make ice cream it makes gelato, milkshakes, smoothie bowls and many more! It’s definitely the perfect gift to give this holiday season!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of use

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the price.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    This machine is incredible. Super easy to use and the included recipe book is great to get you started. First thing I made was pineapple sorbet and all you needed was a can of pineapple juice in juice or syrup. Texture was exactly what you’d expect for a sorbet. Looking forward to trying out other recipes.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Homemade ice cream

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My ninja creamer I

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Does ninja creamy is so amazing and makes the most creamy ice cream I ever had

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Ease of use, Fun
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool Technology, Awesome Treats!

    Posted .

    I'm loving my new Ninja - CREAMi Ice Cream Maker! It is really fun to try out different recipes and my family is loving all the new treats we are making with it! There are separate functions that allow you to make Ice Cream, Lite Ice Cream, Gelato, Sorbet, Smoothie Bowls and Milkshakes, plus there is an additional setting to allow you to add a mix-in to any of the above items. You can pretty much mix in anything, such as candy, cookies, fruit, or really anything you want to mix in. Between all the different flavors of the treats you can make and the variety of mix ins, there are literally hundreds of options, allowing everyone to customize their treats to what suits them. The machine itself is a sleek, modern looking unit, silver and black. The quick start guide made for very easy set-up and operation. There is also a book included with a ton of different recipes in it, and you can also go online to the Ninja Test Kitchen and there are many more recipes out there. There are so many good options to choose from! None of the recipes are difficult to make, but I would suggest reviewing the recipes and planning ahead for what you want to make, as the ingredients for some of the options are not all things you would likely keep around your house on a regular basis. Some recipes are made with common items, but some take unique items. You also need to plan ahead for your treats, as you need to make up your base recipes ahead of time and freeze it for 24 hours prior to making your treats. Once the base recipe has been made in the provided pint containers and frozen for 24 hours, the process of putting it in the machine and making your chosen treat on the day you are ready to eat it is super easy and only takes a matter of minutes, with the machine doing all of the work. If you don't eat the whole pint in one sitting, you can also refreeze the leftovers and then use the respin feature when you are ready to eat the rest. The respin also comes in handy if your freezer is really cold, as I've found some of my pints that are really frozen solid come out creamier if I do an additional respin after initial processing, which only takes a couple minutes. The machine comes with three pint containers that you make up your recipes in, so you can make up three different recipes ahead of time to provide a variety of treat options for guests. I am going to buy more of the pint containers from the Ninja website, so I can make up a variety of options ahead of time to use when I have family in town for a weekend. I'm excited to have a bunch of options available for guests to choose from and having the ability to whip up custom treats of their choice within a couple of minutes! The Ninja CREAMI is a lot of fun! You can really experiment with recipes or use one of the many provided and the treats you can make are really good! I definitely recommend this machine if you like frozen treats!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Fun, Homemade ice cream
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Kid tested and approved!

    Posted .

    Full Disclosure: I received this product through Best Buy’s Tech Insider Network in exchange for a fair evaluation and an unbiased review. Without knowing what to expect, I was very excited to finally receive my Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker in the mail a few days ago because homemade ice cream brings back pleasant childhood memories for me. Unboxing the CREAMi was easy. It was well packaged (triple-boxed actually) and secure, yet easy to remove all parts and packaging from box. The box contained the Ninja CREAMi machine, 1-paddle blade, 1-outer bowl with lid, 3-pint containers with lids, safety manual, quick start guide, and a recipe book. The CREAMi has a countertop footprint about the size of an average coffee maker. There is no assembly required, just plug it in and once your ingredients are frozen you are ready to process. It is very heavy for its size. An indication that it is well-built using quality materials. Heft means a lot to me. Ninja CREAMi works differently than the ice cream makers you're probably used to seeing. This is not just a new way to crank creamed ingredients inside salted ice. In fact, it doesn't use ice or even salt for that matter. Basically, you freeze your ingredients ahead of time then use the Ninja CREAMi to process them into ice cream, sorbet, sherbert, and so on. The only downside to this concept is that it takes a little preplanning on your part to freeze the ingredients. For our family that didn't seem to be a big deal and the results are well worth it. Nothing has to be pre-cooked either for it to be creamy as silk. The CREAMi works by using the strong paddle blade and powerful motor to quickly process any pre-frozen, base recipe. The average recipe takes less than five minutes to process once it is frozen completely. Because the CREAMi has settings for ice cream, sorbet, sherbert, gelato, milkshakes, and smoothies the combination of ingredients and textures that you can come up with is virtually limitless. I have made chocolate ice cream, fresh blueberry ice cream, and fresh peach ice cream so far and all have turned out delicious. I have used a combination of milk, cream, half-&-half, and fresh fruit, all of which turned out very creamy and delicious. To make a shake yesterday, I used the ice cream setting first then immediately reprocessed it with the milkshake setting and ended up with the creamiest chocolate shake we've ever tasted. This machine is a lot of fun. If a full pint is not consumed it can be placed back in the freezer with the lid on and eaten another day. It can also be re-leveled with a spoon, re-frozen, and re-processed again making it smoother and creamier every time. I would definitely recommend this workhorse of a machine for many reasons, but the best reasons are that it is easy to use, fun, and so simple to clean. A few thoughts: The Ninja CREAMi is best suited for the small to medium family who would enjoy old-time ice cream flavor without all the work and mess of crank machines. However, you could buy extra pint containers for larger families, groups, parties, or for just having a variety of flavors on hand. This device is going to be a godsend for those with serious dietary restrictions such as dairy free, gluten free, egg free, nut free, etc. It would seem that if you can freeze any safe ingredients (like coconut milk or almond milk) you can make an allergy-free, specialty ice cream for that dietary restricted loved one in your family. All you'd have to do is try it with ingredients you know you can trust. The instructions cautioned against using fresh fruit (just like the old-style, crank, salted-ice machines), but we went ahead anyway and made fresh blueberry ice cream and fresh peach ice cream and both came out even better that perfect. Actually they were both a little bit of heaven in July! If this new concept in making ice cream becomes a success for Ninja, I'm betting we'll see a quart-size version in a year or two. I hope anyway. Because in our family of five, a pint of this ice cream doesn't ever make it back into the freezer. Overall, my family and I found Ninja's CREAMi Ice Cream Maker to be an extremely well-engineered and well-built machine that makes a superior ice cream. We highly recommend it without any reservations whatsoever. For a final stamp of approval my 10-year old granddaughter said, "It's really yummy!" Well, there you go, kid tested and approved!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Fun, Homemade ice cream
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer, Noise

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Treat Maker

    Posted .

    Unboxing the Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker, you’ll find the actual CREAMi appliance, the Creamerizer paddle, 3 pint containers with lids, the outer bowl and lid, and documentation. The CREAMi appliance itself is attractive but large, standing a full 16” tall. The entirety of the outside of the appliance is gray and black plastic with a membrane-style control panel. The bowls are stated to be BPA-free and are dishwasher safe, along with the paddle (metal construction), outer bowl, and lids, which is a huge plus for clean-up. Overall usage is well documented and easy to follow. Parts fit together well and logically. Included recipes use mostly standard ingredients found in most kitchens and can be put together in just a few minutes. Operation is a little loud, but not any more so than any other mixing appliance. All of this said, my results were a bit of a mixed bag. Treats such as ice cream, milkshakes or sorbet come out generally well, dependent largely on the ingredients you choose and assuming you follow the directions. But then there are issues like the fact that the paddle cannot reach the sides or bottom of the pints so there is always some material left unmixed. And pints that were not consumed immediately and were placed back in the freezer required additional processing but never quite regained that initial consistency. There is also a large, daunting list of DO NOTs to be aware of: ‘Do not’ freeze the pints at an angle, ‘Do not’ process frozen fruit or ice, etc. etc. At the end of the day, the Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker is a niche product, but is fun for those who like to experiment and generally performs as it should.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product but may need a lot of recipe experim

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    Posted .

    Product setup was very easy. It comes with the a mixing paddle, 3 pints and an outside container. To make ice-cream, you need to freeze the ingredients 24 hours before on a level surface. While it does say the product is dishwasher safe, I would still suggest washing it by hand to avoid damage. This product comes with 7 options (including Sorbet, Milkshake and Gelato). While traditional recipes (with heavy cream, refined sugar) have been a success, dairy and sugar free recipes haven't. I tried multiple times using almond milk creamer and coconut creamer and minimum coconut sugar to make one but it ended up powdery and not edible at all. I am yet to figure out the best way to make these dairy and sugar free healthy ice-creams. However, if you need it only for regular ice-cream, this will not go wrong, specially if you take out a lot of ice-cream and spend more money than this product itself.

    Features

    Ease of Use
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    Quality
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Fun, Homemade ice cream
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer, Noise

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    May be worth it if you have kids

    Posted .

    When I selected this, I had a totally different expectation of what it would be. I'd seen ice cream makers in the past, usually with the chambers you freeze and then you put the ingredients in and it does its thing. This is not that at all. They give you three containers. You mix your recipe in them, then freeze them for at least 24 hours, and then all this does is spin a four bladed mixer (reminiscent of a propeller) that "shaves" the frozen contents so make it easier to eat. My first complaint was there wasn't even a quick guide inside. Let's ignore the lack of recipes or anything, but not even a quick start, an owner’s manual, nothing. And I didn't miss it and leave it in the box since I break down my boxes before putting them in the recycle bin so I can fit all my cardboard every week. There simply was nothing in here anywhere. There WAS a QR code sticker though, that takes you to a website with information. It was also triple boxed. One of my annoyances is the "box in a box" thing since it leaves me with more cardboard to break down, but this was a box in a box in a box. Totally overkill shipping. So my son and I like vanilla. Looked on the website, is there a vanilla recipe? No. There's some lactose free vanilla thing, there's some vegan one, but there is not a simple PLAIN VANILLA ICE CREAM recipe to be found. I did end up taking a chocolate chip recipe and adjusting it a bit to try. You ought to be able to use pretty much any recipe out there though, and I found other vanilla recipes elsewhere I may try if we bother using this again down the road. I got the ingredients mixed up, put them in the containers, which DO come with their own very secure lids so that things won't spill. But they caution you to make sure they freeze level, and to never use the machine to shave a container that was tilted and has the frozen treat inside at an angle. Then last night we tried it. Pulled my frozen ice cream concoction out of the freezer, popped the lid, and put in in the machine here. This entire machine serves one purpose - simply a motor and gears to spin the blades inside. It extends and retracts it as it goes so it moves up and down inside the container. So you lock the lid on top of the container, then you lock the container into the base. After you lock the container in the base, as you rotate it further (just grabbing the handle and pushing it counter clockwise), it raises it up on a platform to engage the driveshaft above. The noise level is ATROCIOUS. It's amazing how much noise this makes to shave a frozen ice cream mixer. It's louder than blenders. I took a video but unfortunately we can't post videos with our reviews. I couldn't believe just how much noise this makes. But it does turn that container into something with a consistency you could eat. The normal ice cream setting seems to make it about what I remember as a kid with a container of ice cream in the freezer. My son likes it a bit softer, and there is an option to "re-spin" to mix a bit more to make it a bit softer. That point after the first spin is also where there's an option to mix in other things like candies, nuts, etc, then have it mix that into the container as well. Now, the benefit of something like this, compared to a normal ice cream maker like I had expected, is that you aren't stuck with a single flavor at a time. With this, you can pre-mix three different flavors. Since it only takes about 90 seconds to shave it into something you can scoop with a spoon, that means a quick turnaround before doing another flavor right away. Another thing is that you can really get creative here with your ingredients, and use a lot of things that you may not use in a normal ice cream maker. And this makes it easy to really get things like nuts and candies mixed through as well. It also has settings for those who substitute dairy or sugar, since the consistency can be different otherwise. You can even add some alcohol, but don't add too much otherwise it can impact the freezing process. For me, the noise level really makes this a problem appliance, since with my family, the ice cream would normally be an evening or night treat, and there is no way we'd use this at night since it would probably wake up people. So if I have something mixed up and want it late at night, it's a no-go. Clean up was simple though. The containers themselves are easy to clean up. The blade can be a bit of a pain to remove if you try to do it while it still has ice cream gummed up around it, but if you either rinse it off first to melt the ice cream, or just let the ice cream melt before you go to clean, it comes off easily enough. Looking at this from MY perspective, I'd give it two or three stars. But I can see how this would be a fun thing for people with kids. They would LOVE being involved in making their own treats, being able to be the ones to add something like M&M's or chocolate chips to fold into their snack. A chance for them to learn a bit about how ice cream is made and personalize their own snacks. But for us, it's just not a very useful small appliance. I doubt we'll get much use out of it since it's just so much easier to buy what we want and just scoop it out as needed. We don't eat ice cream all that often, so the cost of this would likely buy us a decade of ice cream at the rate we eat it. But if you have kids, and they like ice cream, this could be a fun kitchen addition.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    MILKSHAKES! - Delicious, Consistent, Foolproof

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Oh my goodness. This thing makes the PERFECT milkshake. Follow the included instructions (1.5cup icecream, 0.5cup milk) add your favorite mix-ins (for me its M&Ms or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups) and press the button. In about 60 seconds, you have a professional shake. Does not make a mess, and accessories are easy to disassemble and all are dishwasher friendly.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Homemade ice cream, Sorbet
    Cons mentioned:
    Freezer, Noise

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliantly Reimagined Ice Cream Maker

    Posted .

    I have been a fan of Ninja products for many years. I have particularly enjoyed the Ninja Foodi which I use regularly. The Foodi was a innovative product which ingeniously paired a pressure cooker with an air fryer. When I heard that Ninja was releasing an ice cream maker called the Creami I eagerly anticipated it’s arrival. I was not disappointed. Ninja has yet again brilliantly reimagined another appliance, this time the ice cream maker, with amazing results. In the box you find the Creami, 3 Creami pints & 3 lids, the outer bowl & lid, the Creamerizer paddle, a quick start guide, and a recipe booklet. I was pleased that 3 pint containers were included. The Creami is fairly imposing with dimensions at 15.92 inches tall by 12.07 inches deep by 6.52 inches wide. The quality of all the components is very impressive. Looking through the recipe book and it’s mouthwatering offerings had me debating what to try first. The Creami isn’t just an ice cream maker. It also makes lite ice creams, sorbets, milkshakes, smoothie bowls, and gelato. So many options and so many recipes. Just keep in mind you can’t just mix ingredients and instantly have a frozen dessert. That’s where Ninja has reimagined the making of ice cream treats. With the Creami you mix a frozen treat base, pour it into the Creami pint, and freeze it for 24 hours. You then insert the frozen pint into the Creami and it processes the frozen base by breaking it down with its Creamerizer paddle and its powerful 800 watt motor turning it into a creamy dessert. What a great idea. With 3 Creami pints you can create and freeze 3 different bases so they’re ready to go at any time. You can of course purchase additional pints too. To give you even more recipe options you can even add a multitude of ingredients using the Mix In mode. Here you can add candies, fruits, cookies and mix them into an already Creamerized base Yummy! I opted to start with ice cream and sorbet for my first Creami treats. I made a trip to the grocery store for an assortment of ingredients and canned fruits. I mixed my bases according to the recipes and popped it in the freezer. The recipes suggest that you can use fresh pineapple, oranges, bananas, and berries for a sorbet base. Or you can use canned fruits in syrup or juice. You just pop the frozen Creami pint into the outer bowl and insert the Creamerizer paddle into the lid. Close the lid and raise it into position. You then select the one touch button for the frozen treat you’re making. The Creami is loud as it does it’s thing. Surprisingly loud. The Creamerizer paddle lowers through the frozen base, cutting through and mixing the base and then it raises back to its starting position. It takes about 90 seconds from start to finish. I made a strawberry ice cream and an apricot sorbet. I frankly could not believe the amazing end results. The ice cream was rich and creamy and perfectly mixed. The sorbet was incredible. Particularly considering my base was simply a can of apricots in syrup and yet the flavor and consistency was remarkably delicious. I was utterly sold on another Ninja appliance. I immediately started planning my next recipes. So far I’ve tried mango, peach, pear, and orange sorbets with consistently impressive results. I have also made chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, Oreo vanilla, and cinnamon bun. Oh my! I can’t wait to explore more recipes and creations of my own. The flavor possibilities are endless. The milk shakes are great too. I look forward to trying a gelato and the smoothie bowl option. Ninja has done it again. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Fun, Homemade ice cream

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good machine for pint-sized batches

    Posted .

    I received this Ninja CREAMI Ice Cream Maker as a test unit through the Best Buy Tech Insider Network....and I'm glad I did. First off, if you are looking for something to make up a small batch of ice cream from scratch QUICKLY, this isn't it. That said, it IS a great little machine to make up pint-sized batches of ice cream from a pre-frozen base mixture. Keys to the Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker are the ease of use, that it comes with 3 pint sized containers, so you can try small batches of different mixes, and that there are 7 settings on the unit for: Ice Cream, Lite Ice Cream, Sorbet, Milkshakes, Smoothies, Gelato, Mix-In and there is a ReSpin option. There are a number of parts to the maker -- outer 'bowl' with locking lid that you mount the mixing blades (1 solid piece, 4 blades) into, and the pint 'cup' in which you pour your mix for freezing. Each pint cup has its own lid which snaps onto the pint solidly and tightly - for freezing your mix and storing any leftover ice cream. The unit comes with a booklet with a number of recipies for ice cream, lite ice cream, milkshakes, sorbet, etc. that can be made with the unit. My initial batch was a single pint based on the Strawberry Ice Cream recipe in the booklet. I had a bag of frozen raspberries in my freezer, so thought this might be a good example of what it could do. First, you mix up the ice cream base in a regular mixing bowl, based on the recipe in the booklet. Once mixed, pour base into one of the CREAMi pints, seal with lid and put in freezer for at least 24 hours to solidify. Once solidified, take the lid off and place in the outer mixing base - the pint container has 'nubs' on the bottom to fit into the outer mixing base so it does not move around in the creaming process. Make sure the blade is locked in place on the mixing lid, then put the lid on the mixing base and lock it in place. Next, put the mixing base onto the actual machine and lock into place. This lifts the mixing base up so that the blade can mesh with the stirring arm of the machine. Select the program you want to use - Ice Cream, Milkshake, Sorbet, etc. - and let it go to work. In a few minutes, the blade will cycle through the mix in the pint container and you have your ice cream ready to eat. It sounds more complicated than it is, believe me. LOL What comes out of the mix is a creamy, smooth ice cream with very good flavor. I substituted honey for the sugar called for in the recipe (which is allowed and a valid option) and got a very tasty raspberry ice cream. The honey was a little heavy and overrode the berry flavor slightly, so next time I think I will cut the amount by about a third. (2/3 cup of honey vs. 1 cup of sugar) I am looking forward to trying different base mixes and flavor combinations. Positives: This will make up a pint of ice cream from a pre-frozen base in a few minutes. Makes a very smooth and creamy ice cream. Comes with 3 pint containers, each with its own snap on lid, so you can make different mixes for different people without have to make a full gallon of one flavor. Recipe book give lots of ideas for bases and mix-ins. Unit is (relatively) quiet and easy to use and clean up. Individual pint containers so that you are not cleaning the actual mixing base every time. Lids for pint containers snap on tightly and securely for freezing and/or storage of ice cream. Negatives: Unless you keep containers of frozen base in your freezer all the time, it takes 24 hours to make up and freeze your base mix in the pint containers. Listed price is a little steep for what you get, but worth it just for the fun of trying new and different mixes. Another win for Ninja in the small kitchen appliance category.

    I would recommend this to a friend