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I had more than one reason for wanting to try the Ice Ball Mold By StyloPhora. I am just getting into molecular gastronomy in a big way and I knew the sphere ice mold would come in handy. I also happen to like a lot of ice in my drinks and I figured these large ice balls would not melt as fast and keep my drinks colder longer. I was right. In fact I don’t use as much ice when I use these. I fill a large glass with three of the ice balls from the ice ball mold and top it off with my beverage. I can fill the glass several times before the ice balls melt completely.
I have other sphere ice mold sets but I prefer these. They are so easy to fill using the collapsable funnel that came with them. There are little lines below the fill circle in the top of the molds that tell you where to stop with the liquid you are using. I have overfilled my ice ball molds a couple of times but the excess water was easy to pour out.
I love the way they come apart easily once the ice balls are made. They do take a while to freeze but that is due to their large size. I have found that re-filling them as soon as I remove the ice balls and placing extra ice balls in a freezer bag keeps me from running out.
The molds themselves are very durable. I am not afraid of tearing them up. In fact the couple of times I did overfill them I used the flat edge of a butter knife to gently pry the mold apart. One tip that I learned is it is easier to remove the bottom of the mold and then you can use the small hole in the top of the mold to push the ice balls out. Just be sure you don’t drop the ice balls onto the floor or they will break. I’ve made that mistake a couple of times now. Although in the video below they make the ice balls slightly differently than what I do, you will get the basic idea of how these work and what the end result is.
The ice ball molds are FDA approved and made with food grade silicone. This makes me feel good about them. Plus when you purchase this product there is a free gift that you can get. It is the secret to making clear ice balls. This is a great product anyone who uses ice will love. I highly recommend them. In fact, I like these ice ball molds so much I recommend you buy a couple extra sets to give as gifts. Once your friends and family see the ice balls, they will want to make some for themselves.
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