Our ice cream maker broke. It was the kind that used ice and rock salt. I was at Costco the other day and saw this baby for $49 and took her home. This is coffee ice cream with roasted almonds and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips added in at the last few minutes. It was to die for. It doesn't make as much as our old ice cream maker. And you cannot use it until the ice cream bowl is frozen solid (read: not good for impatient people). But when the bowl is finally frozen, it works well.