MEGATech Showcase: Ice, Ice, Baby! Beth Snyder March 12, 2015 Features First, let me apologize if you now have that song stuck in your head. It was all I could think of, and as soon as I sat down to write about ice trays it was firmly entrenched in my own brain so I figured I’d share the wealth. At any rate, this showcase is all about ice trays (which can also be used for chocolate or sometimes tiny oddly-shaped cakes), because I have decided that if I start writing about summer-like things then maybe we’ll actually start heading toward spring rather than this seemingly endless winter with its negative ludicrous degrees, record-setting cold temperatures, and general miserableness. Because ice means drinks. Drinks mean parties. And parties typically happen more often in summer, especially those at which you serve drinks requiring ice. Let the need to chill beverages commence! Up first is a pair of skull ice molds for the creepier-minded among us. Each mold makes one three-dimensional skull ice cube measuring about 1.75″ x 1.75″ x 2.33″. But you’re not confined to ice! These molds can be used to make candy, cupcakes, or even soap. They’re dishwasher, oven, freezer, and microwave safe, and are made out of food-grade silicone. Pick up a pair for just $9.99 US. Source: 7 Gadgets The Chiller is also a skull-shaped ice mold, made of silicone rubber and measuring 2.87 x 2.3 x 2.5 inches. This one doesn’t specify as being anything other than dishwasher safe, but I assume it’s also freezer-safe. I bet you could also make candy in it, although I wouldn’t want to try it in the oven for a cupcake without being expressly told it’s safe. These are sold individually for $7.96 US each. Source: Rebel Circus Our final entry in the skull category is this tray which makes flat skulls that can actually be used to play a game. If you’re going to do that, I would recommend doing chocolate or soap rather than ice… I have visions of it becoming a horribly soppy mess if you don’t. Each mold makes nine skulls, and comes with a recipe book, instructions, die, and board on which to play the game. Each set costs $9.95 US. Source: 7 Gadgets My Little Pony is apparently a thing again, huh? This silicon tray gives you various pony-shaped ice cubes, candies, or cakes that you can enjoy while brushing your pony’s mane and tail. They’re not on the market quite yet, but can be pre-ordered now for $9.99 US to be shipped in May. Source: Geek Alerts Hello Kitty is everywhere, and your drinks are no exception. This tray measures 10 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and makes 10 different HK-shaped ice cubes, candies, or whatever else you want to mold. Add some cute to your glass for $14.99 US. Source: Gizmodiva Stepping back from cute for a minute, how about this Marvel Deadpool silicone tray? Each one measures 6-inch long x 4-inch wide and makes eight Deadpool shapes. You can fill it with water, juice, chocolate, cake batter… whatever you want. Pick yours up today for $14.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Some shapes lend themselves to ice better than others, and Thanos’ gauntlet is one of them. Each silicon tray makes six Infinity Gauntlets and measures about 8 x 6 inches. Of course, you can choose to make chocolate or Jell-O instead of ice if you’d rather. These won’t be shipping until May, but can be pre-ordered now for $14.99 US. Source: Gizmodo These are marketed as “V for Vendetta” molds, and of course they are, but I have to admit my first thought was Anonymous. However you look at it, these are going to be too huge to put in a drink… but would be ideal for a punch bowl or for making a cake. Each mold measures eight inches long, and is made of silicone to be freezer, dishwasher, and oven-safe. Cost on these is $14.99 US. Source: That’s Neradalicious I find myself wondering if you could make little individual pizzas in these, but they’d be upside down and that’s just no fun at all. Because these are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that pretty much requires pizza. The tray measures about 6 x 4 inches, and makes one each of the heroes on the half shell. These are available for pre-order now ($14.99 US each) and will ship in April. Source: Geek Alerts You can honor Mr. Spock’s cool logic with some of these Star Trek ice cubes, which include his Vulcan salute. You also get the Enterprise and the Starfleet insignia, and you can make them out of water, juice, Jell-O, or chocolate as suits your needs. Unfortunately, with the passing of Leonard Nimoy these have virtually flown off the shelves and are currently unavailable with no word on when they’ll be back in stock. Source: 7 Gadgets If Star Wars is more your thing, how about this tray that will form your favourite Star Wars spacecraft? You can make ice, chocolates, Jell-O, or tiny cakes using this mold, which costs just $9.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts These are apparently for people who enjoy giant drinks, and I’m OK with that. Each controller measures about 2.9″ wide, so they would actually fit in a decent-sized glass. Of course, you could also use them to mold chocolates or cakes if you’d rather. Each mold measures approximately 7.5″ x 5.75″ x 1″ and makes six controllers (two each of three different types) and costs $9.99 US. Source: Geekologie But wait! There’s more Star Wars! This is the Dark Side vs. Light Side tray, and it lets you and your guests choose which side you’d rather be on. the Dark Side makes ice in the shape of Darth Vader and his evil pals, while the Light Side makes Han, Luke, Chewie, and C3PO. They won’t make your drinks as cold as Hoth (and thank goodness, really), but they will chill them quite nicely. Trays are available to pre-order for a May shipping date for $9.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts When I first saw this, it made me sigh and roll my eyes. Remember when this symbol used to be called the number sign? But no. Now it’s the hashtag, and you can make ice cubes to float in your drinks with it. #partyon! Each one makes eight hashtags, and sells for about $10.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets I’m not sure how the Buddha would feel about floating around in your cocktail, but you can make him do it! This Laughing Buddha ice mold makes four little Buddhas out of water, juice, or chocolate (or probably cake batter as well, if you’d rather). It’s freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe, as well as oven safe up to 450F. Add one to your collection for just $9.99 US. Source: Foolish Gadgets Technically this is a chocolate mold, but nobody said you can’t put water in it. This mold makes zombies, their parts, and a couple of accessories to go with them (2 full zombies, 1 zombie torso, 1 cat, 2 skulls, 1 wall section, 1 emerging casket, and 6 grave markers). The entire mold measures about 8.6? x 6.75? x 1?, while each full zombie stands just over an inch tall. Spookify your drinks for just $14.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Whiskey drinkers know that adding ice to the glass tends to water down the flavour of the whiskey. For me, that’s not an issue as I don’t enjoy the taste, but I understand it’s a problem. Meet the Whiskey Wedge, which chills your libation but melts slower than traditional ice cubes to add less water to the glass. It comes with the tumbler and a silicone mold to ensure whiskey sipping perfection, at a cost of $17.95 US. Source: The Awesomer I’ll close this one out with a couple that aren’t ice trays, but are in the same family. If you’re even more of a purist, how about chilling your whiskey with some Whiskey Bullets? These are bullet shapes molded from stainless steel that when frozen keep your beverage cool without any melting water to dilute it. Each set of six bullets costs $45.00 US. Source: Geekologie Same idea, but with romance in mind rather than war. These are heart-shaped stainless steel whiskey chillers, and they come with a pair of tongs, a storage tray, and a bag in which to keep them when not in use. As with the bullets, when they’re frozen they will keep your favourite beverage cold without adding any water to it since they don’t melt. A set of six of these costs about $15.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!