– Ice balls don’t just
look cool, they actually surface a purpose. When you add ice cubes to your beverage, they begin melting fast and can often water down your drink. This is because the cube
has a high surface area giving it lots of contact
with the warm liquid. Using a sphere provides
the same cooling effect, but with less of it coming into contact with the liquid itself. That means the ice ball will melt slower, while keeping your
beverage nice and frosty. We figured out a simple
way to get edible ice balls using tennis balls and balloons. This means you don’t need
to buy expensive molds. In fact, you can make
these right now with stuff you probably already have
laying around your house. On the other side of
things, here’s a pricey ice ball mold that we got at the store. You fill the container up to the line and place it in the
freezer for a few hours. The results on these seem
to be all over the place, but we’ll check back in on that later. You’ve also probably seen
people making ice using just balloons. It’s simple enough really. Just get yourself some water balloons and fill them up to the desired size. The problem is that
they’re not gonna come out in a sphere shape. More like an egg. So, if that’s what you’re
after, look no further and enjoy your egg-shaped ice. To take the balloon method a
bit further towards perfection, you need a way to hold the
balloon in a sphere-like shape while it freezes. Using a tennis ball is cheap
and extremely effective. To start, you’ll obviously
need a tennis ball. I got a bag of these
for less than the price of that plastic mold you saw. Next you need something
to cut into it with. Don’t let the tennis ball deceive you, it’s quite strong. I went with a simple hand saw
to quickly cut into the ball. Be extra careful when cutting it, as you don’t wanna damage your extremities. Cut about three quarters of the way down, as this will leave some
of the ball connected while still leaving
room to put thing inside or take ’em out. The cut doesn’t need to be
perfect, but try and keep it as straight as you can. Next, take your water balloon
and attach it to a nozzle. I had this nifty hand
pump available, but a sink will work just fine. The balloon not only
makes leaks impossible, but it also keeps the ice from touching that nasty rubber inside the tennis ball. Once the balloon is ready to
fill, place it inside the ball and slowly add water
until you see the ball beginning to split apart. You wanna fill up the
inside completely to get the spheres you’re looking for. Now you can grip onto
the end of the balloon and slowly let out any
extra water by squeezing the tennis ball carefully. Try to keep it filled
up as much as possible while still being able to close the ball. Tie off the balloon to
the best of your abilities and get yourself a couple rubber bands. Simply place them around the
ball in a fashion that’ll keep it closed so the water inside can freeze into the proper shape. Once you’re done, just
place the tennis balls into the freezer for a few hours. If you wanna go a bit
bigger, scour your dog’s toys and see what goodies might
work as a bigger mold. I found this oversized
tennis ball that was perfect for some icy action. Following the same process as before, I carefully cut into it with a small saw, and got a much larger
balloon this time around. I filled the balloon up using the faucet, making sure it was inside the ball first. The larger ball made
this easier to work with and you can tell exactly where
you’re at in the process. Once it’s filled, you
just tie it off again, leaving the stem outside of the ball. Of course, you need
some strong rubber bands to hold this beast in place. So plan accordingly. Put it in the freezer and
as usual, hurry up and wait. If you remove your ball
before it’s fully frozen you might run into a bit
of trouble when you go to remove it. This one, for example,
had a nice frozen shell, but the insides were completely liquid. It looks pretty awesome,
but clean up was not the most exciting part of my day. Not to mention, adding dark food coloring probably wasn’t the best choice here. Speaking of food coloring, you
can spice up your ice balls with a more festive feel
by adding a few drops to the balloons before you fill ’em up. You might wanna wear
gloves while doing this so you don’t stain your skin. But just add the nozzle to
the balloon, and let it loose. If you’re just sticking
to frozen balloons, tie ’em off and add ’em to the freezer. If you want an ice ball,
then follow protocol and do the filling inside
of the tennis ball. All right, now let’s take a
look at what we have so far. The frozen balloons came out as expected with oddly shaped ice, but
it still worked pretty good and there’s nothing wrong with
having some egg-shaped ice. But the first batch of ice
spheres, using tennis balls, came out even better. Simply place your frozen
tennis ball down and remove the rubber bands using
whatever method you prefer. Now pry the ball apart and
remove the rounded balloon from the inside. Again, if you used food
coloring, make sure you have some gloves on. The balloon may burst off
on its own, but if not, a simple tap with a knife
should do the trick, leaving you with a frozen orb of goodness to add to your drinks or whatever you plan on doing with them. My absolute favorite came from
the extra large tennis ball. Following the same
directions, I just popped off the rubber bands and removed
the balloon from the shell. Pop the balloon and boom, icy perfection. Unfortunately I don’t have a
drinking glass to fit this. But it served its purpose for
showing you how it’s done. You might also be wondering
how the plastic mold worked out. The problem with these is
they tend to break apart once the ice begins to
expand, which can leave your final product looking quite off in shape. They require you to monitor
them as they freeze, so you have to remove
them at the right time, as opposed to the set
it and forget it nature of the tennis ball mold. But hey, whatever works for you. Oh, and here’s another
fun thing you can do if you wanna make a tasty treat. How about a candy ice ball? I had some festive Skittles laying around and wanted to try this out. Just prop open the ballon
and add as many as you can. The candies are actually
going to dissolve while the ball freezes, giving it a unique color and also making the
entire thing taste sweet. Here, check this out. After freezing the Skittle
ball, this was the result. You can chip off pieces to eat,
or treat it like a lollipop and enjoy it over a long period of time. Either way, the kids will love it. So here’s everything side by side. These three came from
using balloons alone, which I said works in a pinch, but lacks the aesthetics of a sphere. This one up here is from the mold. It’s close, but not
perfect, whereas these two came from the tennis ball molds. I think the clear winner
here was the balloon in tennis ball combo. Look at that magnificent ball of ice. If you liked this video, consider hitting that thumbs up button so
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100 thoughts on “How To Make ICE BALLS!”

  1. Not very healthy way to make balls of ice. The chemicals and coloring from the balloons….well hurray for carcinogénics!!

  2. Subse best h ki ek gubare mai pani bharo or usee friger mai rakh do bangaya tumhara ice ball😂😂😂😄😄😄😆😆😆😊😊😊👅👅

  3. lets spot the errors and gaps in logic!
    1-less surface area also means smaller cooling effect.
    2-spheres have the highest volume to surface area ratio of all shapes so it actually waters your drink down more.
    3-cubes are probably one of the best things to cool your drink down (second only to tetrahedra/tetrahedrons) so why change it.
    4-powder in balloons is not food safe.
    5-nothing about tennis balls is food safe.
    6-the "expensive" sphere molds work just perfectly. there's a long time window when you can remove it and there is no need for monitoring.
    7-wear a mask while cutting tennis balls to not inhale the powder

    please dont misjudge this as hate/cyber bullying, it's just constructive critisism.

  4. How to make ice balls: (give credit if experimented)

    1. Get a water balloon
    2. Fill it up with water (how big you want it)
    3. Tie it (obv)
    4. Freeze it
    5. The balloon with pop out, you have an ice ball

  5. This is ghetto. If you can’t afford an ice ball maker or some stones you put in the freezer then you can’t afford to drink.

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  7. Be very careful for people with latex allergies. So if you are doing this for a party don’t put them in a punch bowl if you know one of your guests has allergies.

  8. If you make them out of balloons for a party, be sure to warn people that they came into contact with latex. There are many people with latex allergies. It's probably better to use other methods if you're going to give them to guests

  9. But you also waste a balloon every time you make one so it's really up to you.
    You can get a 4 set of molds for 5 bucks at Walmart, or you can make 10 ice balls for a dollar and a tennis ball. Until you need more. Then you have to go buy more balloons.

  10. For this life hack what you'll need is some rubber bands, some pencils. And your C15 Caterpillar long block international engine. You should have that hanging around.

  11. I'm going to try these methods using MIO to flavor them . That way, my drink won't get watered down and if I use a different flavor ice ball than my drink, it'll spice things up a bit ! This might even make a fun alternative to snow cones !

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