There are some toys so iconic that they define a childhood. Mr. Frosty was the must have toy of the ’80s in our neighbourhood – along with a few very select others. Although I think I may have asked my parents for every food-themed toy on the market as a child – I know I definitely asked Father Christmas for quite a few, but of all of them there were a clear top three. Two I had, and one I coveted.
The one I coveted but was never allowed was the Sweet Shop. I asked and asked but never was allowed it; in hindsight I know it was probably not the greatest investment, but to a seven year old me, it was so crucial that I could play with it. The two I had and loved were My Airline – with which I could pretend to be an air hostess and serve airline food to my family whilst they sat on the stairs, and Mr. Frosty.
Mr. Frosty and his little friend; a plastic squeezy penguin that could be filled with a syrup to flavour the little ice cones created by the machine. I adored my Mr. Frosty, begging mom for more ice cubes and using all of my might to try to turn the handle and chip the ice [then giving up and asking for help].
Well, the syrup might have gone [and we’ve replaced it with fruit juices] and the handle is most definitely easier to use with a swivel grip, and although we’ve had similar models in our house, including an Olaf ice cone maker, I was overjoyed to have a little nostalgia in my life when Mr. Frosty arrived on our doorstep.
After a few trials, the important lesson we learned with Mr. Frosty was not to use ice straight from the freezer. Slightly melted ice is better and easier when little hands are turning Mr. Frosty’s handle.
We made ice cones, bowls of ice, and ice pops – and I just know this is a toy that’s going to be out all Summer long. I may be slightly worried that Lyoto is going to try to grate some of his little figures up, but thankfully the chute is too narrow for them to place their hands down and hurt themselves. I wonder if my boys will be telling their children about this, in thirty years’ time?
If you’re wondering what Mr. Frosty looks like in action, head over to our YouTube channel to see the boys getting busy with their ice cool creations!