Thursday, August 11, 2011

Homemade Slushie Magic



My kids have been begging me to buy Slushie Magic. Every time they see the commercial they go crazy and so do I (for a different reason, of course). I have no desire to spend $20 plus $10 s&h on a cup and some "magic" ice cubes. So I went on the Internet and googled homemade slushies. Most of the websites suggested the use of a blender, but i knew there had to be another way. I finally found a site that suggested to make it like you would homemade ice cream with ice and rock salt (I forgot to bookmark the site to give it credit, sorry).



Here is what you will need-

Juice, soda, or whatever you want to make into a slushie

ice

rock salt

gallon Ziploc baggies

sandwich Ziploc baggies



Take your juice and pour some into a sandwich baggie. ( I double bagged mine)

Now take a gallon size Ziploc baggie and pour ice cubes about 1/4 way. Pour in 1/3 cup of rock salt on top of the ice cubes. Next, place you fruit bag into the ice bag, seal shut and roll bag around for about 5 minutes or until your juice is a slushie.










That's it,super easy! My kids had a blast making these and instead of me being the cheap, mean mom that won't buy the magic slushie cup, I am the cool mom that comes up with fun things to do!!


38 comments:

  1. God Bless you for this! My daughter has been bugging me about getting that Magic Slushy and I was trying to wait until it came to WalGreens or Rite Aid since they get all the cool As Seen On TV things. LOL The commercial came on and I immediately went looking for a homemade version and your site came up! Thank you thank you thank you. We're going to do this over the weekend.

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  2. Glad I could help! How did it turn out?

    Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I have been having problems with it allowing me to post comments
    Ariel

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  3. Thank you for your simple instructions. I also didn't want to shell out the $$ for the Slushie Magic. We already have a vitamixer and a hand crank snow cone machine, but this is novel. We will be trying this out tonight as a first day of school fun experiment. Thanks!

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  4. I tried this and it failed the juice bag opened even though I double bagged it. This happened when I was rolling the bag, which caused the juice to go into the rock salt.

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  5. I am so sorry it didn't work for you. The only thing I can think of was maybe the pressure from rolling it on the counter was too much for the bags. My kids kept the bags in their hands most of the time.
    Good luck!
    Ariel

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  6. omg i just saw the commercial and was trying to figure out how they made it! thanks so much!! i wonder if you could just use normal salt or sea salt on top???

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  7. I found it here: http://www.imcpl.org/kids/blog/?p=9844
    I'm guessing you don't want to use generic bags, right?

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  8. thx it rele works

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  9. thx i try to make ice cube with salt n put it in the drink n shake waste but i cant belivie i been lookin

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  10. Cool! It really works. I tried it with coffee, screamer, and chocolate syrup. Mix it up and its like you're at Starbucks!

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  11. Mixed up salt from the water softener to saturation. Poured this into small ziplocks and froze. Use ziplock in lieu of purchased cubes. Shake in water bottle.

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  12. I thought about trying the ziploc technique, especially to let the kids make their own. I think I will just use our ice cream maker, ice cubes, and rock salt to make a lot more.

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  13. Thank you for the instructions that you have shared. It is really a great help.


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  14. guys all you have to do is get like a closed cup/gar freez3 SALT water ice cube put drink in with cube shake for 4 mind tida you got slushy majic without costing a dime, hope this helps

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  15. THANK YOU!! I caved and bought a slushie magic for both my kids and they DONT WORK! my kids will be so happy!

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    1. You have to make sure the cubes are really hard and shake it alot it does work i have one

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  16. So you put the juice/etc. in a sand. bag and the ice & salt are in the gallon bag? And how much juice/etc. do you suggest?

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  17. thanks Ariel! My daughter too, had been begging for the TV slushie maker, and I found your site and she is THRILLED with her slushie! Thank you, you saved me $$$, and I appreciate that! :)

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  18. To be honest that Slushy Magic is NOT all that! I bought 1 to kinda try it BEFORE I bought for ea. of my 4 boys..and Im glad I did. The ages say 3+ but there is no way a 3 yr old can shake this long enough for it to slush. My 3yr old shook it for maybe 10 secs and he was handing it off to me lol. The "ice cubes" you have to use are huge and take up the whole cup, so by the time u fill with your fav. drink and slush it ..its only like 1/2 a cup of slushy! Oh and to even make it slush takes FOREVER! Its nothing like the commercial by any means where they shake it a few times and wallah! Its more like your shaking till your arm falls off..it takes a good 3-5 mins to get a "slushy". I tried mine with OJ ...it did taste good BUT it is not worth what I paid just to get a 1/2 cup of slush and close to 5 mins of shaking!

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  19. Does just making salt water icecubes in a closed cup and shaking work?

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    1. NO. I already tried that

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  20. We do something similar in a science camp. You should be able to use any type of salt. Mostly, salt is salt is salt. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of water-that's why you add salt to ice to make ice cream in ice cream makers. You could also put a small container with a locking top inside another container. The inside container with the ingredients for the slushy. Put ice and salt in the larger container. Roll away.

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  21. Thanks so much for posting this. I knew you could make ice cream with this method (daughter had done it at day camp, but we've never done it at home). Like all the other kids, she has been seeing the commercials for the slushy cup and was asking for it. I had actually seen this cup at Bed Bath and Beyond about a year prior and thought it looked like fun, but used my smart phone to look up reviews on it before purchasing and from what I read, decided not to buy it. My daughter will be 7 in a couple of months and has only recently started to watch some TV shows with commercials, so it's the first time she saw the cup. It led to a great discussion of what commercials are and how sometimes commercials are not truthful. I even pulled up the reviews online on amazon to show her how many of them said that the cup didn't work. After we read 2 or 3 reviews, she was convinced I knew what I was talking about. I told her we could easily make slushies in our blender. But that wasn't very interesting to her. I started looking into it and stumbled on your post. When I showed my kiddo that we could make slushees with the baggies, like she made ice cream at camp, then she was excited and wants to do it later today. Funny how making it in the blender isn't good enough, but rolling the juice around in a baggie is appealing. I'd rather just make it in the blender, but I guess that's the difference between kids and adults! Thanks for the posting! Looking forward to trying. Now I'm trying to decide which of the rock salts to grab a scoop from...the bag in the garage for the sidewalk or the bags in the basement for the water softener! LOL

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  22. I made salt water ice cubes using my vacuum sealer. I pre-froze the cubes and then vacuum sealed them. Keep them in the freezer for repeated use.

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  23. Omg it really works!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

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  24. Cam I just use regular salt?

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  25. This crap didn't work. My drink was salty. Thanks anyway.

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    1. You're doing it wrong.

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  26. can i just use reg. salt cuz i dont have this rock salt. is it just bigger chunks of salt?

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  27. does ur drink accutually get ice and stuff in it or does it just ger really cold?

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  29. This was AWESOME!!! I filled a gallon ziplock bag with ice cubes and a 1/2 cup of rock salt, then poured about 2 cups of cranberry juice in another ziplock bag and then put that one inside the one filled with ice cubes/rock salt, closed it. Then wrapped a towel around the big baggy, then just rolled and shook it on my counter top! The towel kept my hands from gettting too cold! Lol

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  30. Same thing as the ice cream ball. Americans will fall for any gimmick that seems to make life easier. Thanks for teaching the kids about hard work to get what you want.

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  31. Thank you for posting this. We bought them yesterday but the cubes have yet to harden all the way. After reading this, I used our existing ice cubes in the freazer and regular salt. Put our drinks in a smaller bag and shook the bags. Voila. It was simple and took less time and both boys were happy with their new slushies. :) Thanks again.

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  32. I just tried this and it worked well and was fun to make! The only problem was that it was hard to keep shaking it due to the fact that my hands got super cold! Thank you!

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  33. i would love this! My favorite frozen drink.

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