Growing up packaged sweets were most often a treat reserved for holidays or 'Dad and Daughter time.' As a disabled stay at home mother, Momma knew all too well that keeping candy bars and pastries on hand most often meant lazy over-consumption. That is to say, if they were in the house, they would get eaten. However, living in Southern California had the benefit of living a short drive away from major family farms, where we would journey several times each Summer to pick our own fruit. We'd spend hours out in the fields and orchards and return with pounds of fresh fruit and produce. 90% of the fruit that made the trip home would then promptly make it's way to the sink, then freezer. And frozen was precisely how almost all of our bananas, berries, applies, and such were consumed.
If I craved sugar in the afternoon Momma would pull out a bag of frozen grapes and I would snack to my heart's content. If I wanted dessert I would have my pick of raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Somehow enjoying these natural sweets frozen made the experience even more indulgent, and much more filling than when they were fresh. Before long we were cutting up fruit and freezing them in Popsicle molds, or tossing them in the blender with ginger-ale. There was even a brief time where I forgot about traditional desserts entirely; so it's easy to see why I was so immediately excited about the concept of a new kitchen gadget that could turn my favorite frozen fruits into a soft dessert-like sorbet.
In all, I think the toppings dispenser is a nice addition to the unit, but not something I would keep set up for everyday use, it adds a lot to the overall profile of the unit (on my counter.) One of the things I love about the Swirlio, over my ice cream maker is the size of the unit itself, which I can keep readily available whenever I am in the mood for a frozen treat. That being said, for bigger families, and social gatherings, the toppings dispenser is pretty neat!
What would you put in your Swirlio?
What Daughter Says: Take back dessert, enjoy frozen fruit desserts without the excess guilt.
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