summer treat makers including ice cream sandwich maker, juicer, and ice cream scoop

12 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets for Sweet Summer Treats

And they're all under $25.
By Aly Walansky
June 10, 2021
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Summer has always been the perfect excuse to indulge in our favorite sweets. When it's blazing hot outside, who doesn't love the idea of a cooling scoop of gelato or a refreshing lick from a frozen ice pop. But this summer feels particularly celebratory, as friends and families can be reunited once more for picnics, patio parties, and family reunions.

Who wouldn't love having someone show up at the backyard barbeque with a snow cone maker? And do your kids crave ice cold treats when they come in from playing outside? Keep homemade ice cream sandwiches on hand with this ice cream sandwich maker. Or maybe you want something cool and refreshing but a little more on the healthy side. This personal blender is just right for smoothies (or, dare we suggest, blended daiquiris).

So whether you're planning to enjoy ice cream, shaved ice, or a refreshing beverage, this is a season to be savored - and when you have the gadgets to make these treats yourself, they feel even more special.

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DASH My Pint Electric Ice Cream Maker

While going out for ice cream on a sunny day is a fun thing to do as a family, making it yourself can be more fun. Ice cream makers are sometimes pricey, but this model comes in at under $20 and it's much smaller than many of the traditional crank makers.The best thing about homemade ice cream is that you can control the ingredients, whether that means using less sugar, switching to plant-based milk, or adding in ingredients like fresh mint or fruit - but it's also just a fun activity for the whole family. This machine can make 16 cups of fresh ice cream, gelato, sorbet, or frozen yogurt in less than 30 minutes, meaning it is ready for an at-home ice cream party.

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MANBA Ice Shaver and Snow Cone Machine
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MANBA Ice Shaver and Snow Cone Machin

You probably remember enjoying shaved ice or snow cones at theme parks and festivals as a kid. Making them at home is a whole new adventure. This machine can crush ice cubes into fluffy snow-like ice, perfect for everything from slushies and snow cones to margaritas and mixed drinks. The portable hand crank ice shaver is safe to use and durable, meaning shaved ice is now an option anywhere, any time - you don't even have to be near a power outlet.

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Cafe Casa Electric Milk Frother

This handheld frother may be designed for frothing milk for lattes and frappes - and those are totally fun in the summer - but they are also a fantastic tool for making milkshakes. The mixer is handheld, portable, and comes in two speeds. It's great for hot drinks, of course, so keep it around for winter's hot cocoas and mochas, but for summer smoothies and milkshakes, this will be an instant mainstay. The hand frother is run on batteries, so no power source is necessary, and it can easily be thrown in your overnight bag and taken with you when traveling.

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BLACK+DECKER 32oz Citrus Juicer
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BLACK+DECKER 32oz Citrus Juicer

It's lemonade season, and that means lots and lots of lemons need to be squeezed. This juicer can make fresh-squeezed citrus juices at home whenever the craving hits for margaritas, lemonade, or any other fruity drinks - and it even has a convenient removal basket to collect pulp. Either toss it or repurpose it in other recipes (like cocktails!) 

Buy It: $17 (was $25); Amazon

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Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
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Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

Ice cream sandwiches are more than refreshing and delicious, they are also portable and easy to carry with you as you go about your walk or errands. This sandwich maker can make four homemade ice cream sandwiches at a time, and comes with a recipe and spatula tool included. Pair with your favorite cookie or brownie mix, and the ice cream varieties of your choice - the options for flavor combinations are endless.

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OXO Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop 
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OXO Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

An ice cream scoop is the most central of kitchen tools during summer, whether scooping ice cream, sorbet, or melon. This scoop is a good choice because it has a comfortable rubber grip. That means it's easier to keep scooping longer. The pointed tip makes it easier to scoop even when the frozen treat is a bit harder (hello ices!) and the flat edges are great for scraping the last remnants of those bottom edges of the ice cream container.

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N\C Ice Ball Maker Mold

This romantically inspired ice ball mold can make fun rose-shaped ice balls that will make cocktails or mocktails just a bit more fun - and photo-ready! This mold works like any other ice cube tray, all you need to do is fill the mold with whatever you want - be it water, juice, wine, herbs, or anything else - and then you'll have the perfect cubes waiting for your next cocktail party or summer cookout. Feel free to get creative with these ice balls; they are roses after all.

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ZaH Melon Slicer
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ZaH Melon Slicer Multifunctional Handheld Round Divider Watermelon Cutter 

Fresh fruit is a hallmark of summer, but sometimes the most desired of warm weather fruits - like watermelon -- are difficult and time-consuming to slice and prep. This fruit slicer makes cutting into fruits easier than ever. The slicer can cut melons or watermelons into uniform slices via a 12-blade ring. This makes presentation simple, as all slices will be the same size and shape but also will save time (and frustration) by making cutting itself way less of a chore.

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Aichoof Popsicle Molds Set

Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a popsicle? There's an endless array of popsicle mold options out there, but this mold is made of food-grade plastic and is BPA-free, making it safe to use for many summers to come. The mold comes in a variety of colors, and it's simple to use: The tray just clicks into the base and stands up straight, so no worries of them tipping over and making a mess in the freezer. The design is great for easy removal, too, so the popsicles can be stored individually in the freezer if space is an issue or you want no confusion about which flavor of pop is which. 

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Zoie + Chloe 3-Piece Dough Press Set

Most summer treats are frozen, but some are just great handheld treats that are perfect to enjoy on the go as running to the park or to a playdate. This gadget is so fun because it can make all types of handheld pies, from dumplings to empanadas. Minimal effort and delicious results - which is all any of us really want from a summer treat.

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ZaKura French Press Coffee Maker
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ZaKura French Press Coffee Maker

Is there anything more refreshing during the summer than a cold glass of iced tea? A French Press can be an easy (and quick!) gadget for making that fresh tea. All you need is some water and loose leaf tea. Let it do its steeping, and then when it is ready, just add your sweetener, fresh mint, ice, and anything else you need.

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Hamilton Beach Personal Blender for Shakes and Smoothies
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Hamilton Beach Personal Blender 

Whether making shakes or smoothies, a blender is how it all comes together. This personal blender is portable - meaning no need to buy that shake or smoothie on the go - and it's easy to use. Surprisingly powerful, these blades can even crush ice, so no worries if you like that summer frappe or slush very cold.

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