Monday, June 1, 2009

Meet the Ice Pet


Is this not the most gorgeous piece of retro awesomeness you have ever seen?

First of all... the colours? Perfect.

Second of all, its an appliance whose sole purpose is to shave ice. Ah shaved ice.

Third - it doesn't require any electricity to run.

Fourth - I got it for $3.99 at the Salvation Army. (so I don't have to count it in my total spending for the month in the consumer goods category of the Riot for Austerity)

Hubby and I gave the ice pet a test drive last night (is it me or does that sound rude? ;-)). The pet comes with 3 cylindrical containers to make the ice that you transfer to the pet (in the space you see between the hand crank and the blade). It worked perfectly! We made a grown up take on a snow cone and instead of flavoured syrup, we used the sweet, delicious damson plum vodka that I made last summer. Even though the weather wasn't perfect (the weather in ottawa lately has me wishing for long johns and hot tea as opposed to iced drinks), that was one great drink.

I can't wait for our niece and nephew to come over next so I can make them snow cones. Non alcoholic ones of course. Suggestions for delicious natural kid friendly snow cone toppings?

And for further retro awesomeness, check out the instruction manual....

8 comments:

Amber said...

OMG! It's beautiful. What a great find! As for sweet toppings, how about violet syrup?
Have fun with your new pet! ;)

chris said...

Just googled to see if can get one in UK....no such luck!!!

Green Grrl said...

Ooh, violet syrup. Sounds yum. When does violet season end? Thanks Amber!

Chris (or is it Claire??) :) You might have more luck on eBay, I think they stopped making them years ago. Next time you're over this way, I'll bust it out and make you guys some yummy drinks.

Turns out I'm not the only one who thinks the Ice Pet is great:
http://is.gd/MExV
I love the description - like ice skates on a frozen pond. :)

Amber said...

I think the violets will be done soon. I saw a lot that were still in bloom at the allotment gardens, but it was getting too dark and I didn't have time to stop and pick them! If you don't find any this year, there is always next!

Sandy Fields said...

Thank you for posting this! I just picked up one from a pile of free yard sale leftovers. But it had no instruction manual, and I could not figure out how to fit the metal mold into the machine. Oh! The ICE from the mold goes into the machine. Now, I SEE!

Renee said...

Hi! I was wondering if you still have your Icepet?

Green Grrl said...

Hi Renee,
Yep, we sure do. Thanks for reminding me about it! I don't get it out nearly enough - especially with all the hot weather we've been having. Now that you've reminded me about it, I'm going to use it today!

broadway al said...

I recently purchased one at a thrift but it had no molds. In fact I bought it without a clue as to how it worked or what it was.
I have been trying to figure out a way to freeze ice with a proper depression for the crank fingers to fit.