If you enjoy ice-cream, owning your own ice cream maker can be a lot of fun especially during the summer when everyone wants to keep cool and eat cool! Electric ice cream makers have lots of advantages even though you have to spend money up front for one, in the long run they are worth every cent.

One of the best reasons to go out and purchase one is that you can make whatever flavor you want. You can easily and quickly make the standard flavors, like vanilla or chocolate, or you can try out some more exotic recipes. Basically, as long as the ingredients for the flavoring are available, you can make it. Some unusual flavors include ginger – made with crystallized ginger, maple syrup, pecan and lemon.

Vanilla is still the most popular flavor in the US – 29% of the population orders it, followed by chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, Neapolitan, chocolate chip, French vanilla, cookies and cream and finally vanilla fudge ripple.

Another good reason to purchase an ice cream maker is that you will end up with at least 4 to 6 quarts of homemade ice cream for very little money and in very little time. You only need to have some basic ingredients in order to make the standard flavors. For example, if you want to make plain vanilla, milk, cream, sugar, eggs and a couple of tablespoons of vanilla extract is all you need. And since it’s electric, it takes only 20 to 25 minutes of churn time before you’re ready to serve your family and friends that special summertime treat.

You can also make it healthier by choosing organic ingredients, a natural sugar substitute, low fat evaporated milk, low fat milk or yogurt. Another benefit is you can control family allergies by making homemade. Gelato and sorbets are other options that are just as easy to make and just as refreshing on a hot summer evening. Finally, you will save money in the long run. Ben and Jerry’s, Haagen Dazs and 31 Flavors are all expensive, but have great quality. With something homemade, you have the quality but not the expense.

In general, ice cream makers are a good investment and fun to have around. Since they are so easy to use with few ingredients necessary, you can be creative with your flavors on a moment’s notice. For those that are unsure of what flavors to make, there are plenty of recipes available online. This specialized electrical appliance will surely be a great addition to any household. Think wedding shower gift, birthday present or even a house warming gift.

A good time will be had by all when family and friends get involved with the process – cutting the fruit, measuring the ingredients, finding a recipe, stirring the custard, and even watching it churn. So this summer, surprise your guests with delicious homemade ice cream (maybe even 2 flavors) to be enjoyed on your backyard deck.