Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ice balls are great for drinks [giveaway]

9 out of 10 of you readers probably use ice cube trays at home, am I right? Keeping a tray or two in the freezer is pretty common.

But what about ice balls rather than cubes? Years ago I stumbled across a Kickstarter for a mold that makes a perfect ice sphere. That's when I first thought it was cool.

Let me introduce you to Ice Ball Makers. Spherical ice balls won't just make everyone jealous. Bartenders and professional drinkers use all sorts of ice for different reasons. Some people like a sprinkle of water in their drink, alcohol or not. This can bring out the taste.

Ice ball in a small glass

Other people may like a few ice cubes to chill their drink and have the ice water "water it down." But as the ice melts, it dilutes the drink, and you lose more and more flavor.

Ice balls take care of the dilution issue though. A sphere of ice exposes less surface area for the same amount of volume than a cube of ice. The less surface area that is exposed to the drink in your glass, the slower the ice will melt.

Therefore, a sphere of ice will melt slower than a cube. With help from Ice Ball Makers, you can use one of their mold trays to chill your drink without quickly diluting it.

One mold makes four ice balls

Using the ice ball mold tray is really easy. Put the two pieces of the tray together and then fill water through the four little holes. Fill them so it overflows a bit and then stick it in the freezer.

Honestly, don't expect a perfect sphere, but the balls still come out pretty good. There are far more expensive options out there, but these molds are affordable and easy to use.

More about the ice ball mold:
  • Made from non-toxic silicone
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Freezer safe
  • Microwave safe
  • Oven safe
  • Mold makes four 1.75” spheres

So who wants to try this?! The folks at Ice Ball Makers have been gracious enough to offer an ice ball mold trays to TWO lucky Giveaway Guy readers.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.


19 comments:

  1. I learned that sphere shaped ice will melt slower due to the fact there's less surface that touches whatever fluids you're drinking.

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  2. Well, I learned the same thing Alicia did. Spheres melt more slowly than cubes. It's science!

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  3. I learned that since ice balls have 24% less surface area than a regular ice cube, they keep a drink cool without diluting it because they melt much slower.

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  4. In the video it shows how to freeze water from the top down to get clear ice. It is a really simple trick but does require some time in advance of the need for the clear ice.

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  5. That they have free shipping for orders $25 or more! Always a great thing!

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  6. I learned that you can fill it with other things besides water. Like juice and chocolate.

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  7. I visited their site and learned the spheres melt slower than cubes. :)

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  8. A sphere exposes less surface area for the same amount of volume than a cube of ice.

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  9. I learned they have free shipping on orders $25 or more!

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  10. Who would have known that spheres melt slower than cubes do! I learn something new all the time.

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  11. I learned a sphere of ice will melt more slowly in a drink than a cube of ice

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  12. I learnt that the round ice balls melt more slowly.

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  13. I noticed that they give free engraving on any of the fancy ball makers.
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  14. I learned that Bartenders and people great at drinking use different types of ice for specific purposes.

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  15. I learned that a sphere exposes less surface area for the same amount of volume than a cube of ice.

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  16. The less surface area that is exposed to the warm liquid, the slower the ice will melt.

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  17. I learned that cubes melt faster then Spheres

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