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Ice Tools Recommended by Camper English of Alcademics

These are the ice tools that I have used and recommend. Most of these products are used/shown in The Ice Book. Most of these links go to Amazon. 

If you're coming to this page fresh, you'll want to check out the Index of Ice Experiments here on Alcademics.


Clear Ice Cube Trays

6a00e553b3da20883401bb09e2e4a6970d-580wiThere are now a lot of trays that make ice without hacking! I think the Clearly Frozen tray gives you a lot of bang for your buck. 

For spheres, I like the Dexas Iceology tray.  It's well-built and the ice pulls out more easily than with any other tray. It makes slightly smaller spheres than I would like. The brand's square 2-inch cube trays are also excellent. I recommend Dexas products to people more than anything else. 

Another great product is the Ghost Ice Compact System. It's super heavy duty and makes 12 cubes at a time. 


Ice Picks

41xgi+ZCbPL._AC_SL1000_Three-Prong: Most of the time I just use a 3-pronged ice pick for cutting up blocks of ice.  Several manufacturers make the same model. I have one by  Fortune Candy. This is another one of the same style.

I have used this more popular and less expensive three-pronged pick, but mine quickly rusted. 

51MUsKy1lTLSingle-Prong: I rarely use a single-prong ice pick, favoring the three-prong one in nearly all situations. I do have the Anvil Ice Pick and it's well-made.  



Cooler to Make Clear Ice 

81d64pmZPwL._AC_SL1500_I use the Igloo Island Breeze 9 pretty much every day. It took about 8 years before I accidentally froze it solid too many times and had to replace it. 

I have not used the Igloo Legend 6 but it's a little smaller if you have less room in your freezer. 


DIY Ice Cube Trays using this method

Ice cube trays - Any of the large 2-inch silicone ones from Tovolo, CocktailKingdom, etc. 

Drip Irrigation Standard Tubing Hole Punch ($6)


Clear Ice Balls and Death Stars Using a Thermos

6a00e553b3da20883402b7517f7de9200bAs I wrote about here, I typically make ice balls using a Thermos Funtainer and 2.5" ice ball molds. Since then I have favored a Yeti tumbler, particularly for the Death Star molds. 

The links for the ice ball molds keep changing so make sure to double check, but for now here is one that looks like what I buy. Just be sure to buy 2.5" ones that are separate rather than stuck together in a 4-pack. 

I have also made Death Star ice balls using this mold



Small Ice Balls

6a00e553b3da2088340240a49401f7200d-500wiIn this post, I showed off some fun colored ice balls using this tray and this tray





Patterned Ice

Make patterns on ice with the ice designer ($160) or a meat tenderizer ($13), or cookie stamps ($27). 

Patterned Ice Courtesy of Camper English15 Patterned Ice Courtesy of Camper English15







For Larger Programs - Bars and Events

6a00e553b3da208834026bde884789200c-500wiThe Ghost Ice Tray fits into a large Coleman Party Stacker cooler and can fit in a walk-in freezer and some chest freezers. It makes 48 2-3-inch cubes in about 2 days. I tried out a smaller version here but it's really priced to use in the bigger cooler. The big system seems built to last - ultra thick silicone. 



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The Clearly Frozen system is straight junk. Poor quality (cheap packing material base and a silicon tray) and does not make square or clear cubes. The open top leads to a nonuniform surface and the cubes are not clear all the way through.

I gave this a shot after using Wintersmiths for years, with great results. You get what you pay for.

Benjamin Tran

Everyone here is scared to use the Ghost Ice tray hahaha! There are noticeably less reviews about it!

Camper English

@Benjamin I mean, the price is high but it's top quality, as recommended by *me* hehe.

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