Just in time for ice cream season, this affordable ice-cream-maker alternative is here to make your summer so much sweeter.
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3 Kitchenaid stand mixers with the Ice Cream Maker Attachment on a designed background
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Something old: Last year, Jennifer Garner inspired us with her nostalgic nod to childhood summers past, with her smile-inducing video involving hand-churned ice cream.

Something new: KitchenAid—who just so happened to recently announce a collaboration with Garner for her #PretendCookingShow—just released a refreshed version of their ice-cream-bowl stand mixer attachment that's even easier than the old-school hand-crank version.

It's far more affordable, too. Compared to the $390 model Garner used in 2021 and the $230 Ninja Creami that's making waves on TikTok as we speak, this attachment is just under $100. And if you already have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you need not sacrifice any additional counter space either.

Ice Cream Maker Attachment
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The ice cream KitchenAid attachment itself is not completely new for 2022, but after listening to user feedback, the brand redesigned the dasher (the agitator that churns the ice cream) to rotate more thoroughly throughout the whole interior of the bowl. They also went back to the drawing board with the insulated bowl, adding handles and making it easier to insert onto the mixer. As a result, it's now possible and pretty easy to churn 2 quarts of homemade ice cream in just 30 minutes (if you freeze the bowl in advance).

One user says, "I received this for Christmas last year and have used it at least once per month since. I could not be happier with the ice cream we've made. Delicious! So easy to use and clean. I just leave the bowl in the freezer so it's always ready to go." (Pro tip: Allow the bowl to come to room temp after churning and before cleaning it to ensure it doesn't crack under the pressure of the temperature change.)

To use it, freeze the bowl for at least 24 hours before you plan to use it. Come scoop day, round up the ingredients for your ice cream, be it classic cream-based, plant milk-based, avocado-based (trust us!) or otherwise. Our Test Kitchen pros swear by these 17 homemade ice cream formulas, if you could use some inspiration …

Follow the instructions for the recipe, but instead of transferring it to a specialized ice cream maker, simply pour it into the frozen bowl of the ice cream attachment, add the dasher and churn for about 30 minutes, or until it's fully frozen.

If soft-serve is your style, grab a bowl or cone and enjoy. Or if you prefer hard-pack, scoopable ice cream, transfer it to an airtight container and freeze for about 2 to 4 hours more.

"This ice cream maker is great! Because of milk allergies, we use coconut milk," another user raves. "I love that we are in control of the ingredients we put in our ice cream and we're saving money making our own non-dairy ice cream! It's a real treat! The other thing I really like about this is it's an attachment to an appliance I already own."

If you're craving a DIY frozen treat and don't have a KitchenAid or don't want to invest in another attachment at the moment, consider our 7 best nice cream recipes. The only "churning" equipment required is a food processor!