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Does anyone use one of these smoothee bars.

I think it would be a nice addition to a theater.


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I'm still waiting for a home Icee machine, instead !

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Funny you mentioned this..Was just showing this to my wife in a catalog that she got..Don't remember the price off hand though.I do think it's cool though.

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Just got a single smoothie maker for my birthday. Already getting lots of use!

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I saw this on sale for 89.99 at JCPenney.
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I meant to post this earlier.
It's really cute!
I guess it like paying $34 for both of them.


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Just got a single smoothie maker for my birthday
First of all, Happy Birthday ! Second...

CptnRandy, can you tell me the difference between a smoothie machine vs. a blender. Is it only the spout or is there more to it ?

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JimMac,
Smoothie maker is very much like a blender, The key differences are of course it has the spout and it usually only has a couple of speeds that are optomized to make smoothies. The key difference is they also have a "Stir Stick". The knob you see on the top of the smoothie maker is actually the handle to a large plastic stick that extends inside of the hopper. While you machine is chopping up the ingredients you can use the stir stick to make sure all of the frozen ingredients get pushed to the bottom of the hopper. They work incredibly well and we use our all the time. By the way I saw on on sale to day at Walmart for about $28. I think it was a Back to Basics brand but it looked almost identical to my Sunbeam.

By the way I am still waiting for a home ICEE machine as well. I know they sell the one at Toys R US but it is just not the same. Unfortunately I do not know if you could use one at home to make it worthwhile. But hey, if practicality mattered to any of us, would we be here in the first place?
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Yup - that's pretty much it. The one I got is a whiz at grinding up ice - some blenders have trouble with that. Look for one with a high speed motor.

This is the one I got, but I think they got it for a lot less. Works great, then I take it apart and dump everything in the dishwasher.

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How are these for making frozen drinks like margaritas, daquiris? Like those with the frozen Bacardi mix that you add ice and liquor to?
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We just use what I like to call the "FrankenBlender". It's one of those super high-power blenders made by K-TEC. It's the home version of the same blenders that you see in Jamba Juice and most other smoothie places.

I can go from making super smooth smoothies to peanut butter to ice cream to hot soup all in the same machine. The blade in this thing actually goes so fast that the friction can make hot water from regular room temperature water. Of course that's good for homemade soups and not much else, but it's cool just the same.

Oh and it's also a fantastic margarita maker.

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Thanks for the info...&

A while back I was looking for a good Margarita blender (for the wife - I like crushed ice, not creamed), one that could chop the ice without any trouble and discovered the braun mx2050 blender which really worked well for crushing ice and only about $40.00 but these smoothie makers look even cheaper. There were some problems with the earlier braun models, the plastic base breaking but this was fixed in later models.

Also I believe you can shave with it too ! :) Just insert face.

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It would appear the Smoothee Bar has been removed from the Costco web site. I wonder why.
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I also tried yesterday. Smoothee Bar has been removed from the Costco web site.

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