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Slush Puppie/Margarita Machine - Need some Help

post #1 of 15
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I recently purchased a soft serve machine and we had a pretty good thread going in regards to the machines. I was at a restaurant supply place today looking for some parts for my kegerator and walked around the corner and saw a Slush Puppie machine that was an exact match to my soft serve machine, same brand and same size, it would look very cool next to my soft serve machine. This is an actual Slush Puppie brand machine that looks like this:

Stolting Slush Puppie Machine

Does anyone know what the differences are in the types of slush machines that are made? Looking at the top two machines on this link:

Two Machines

What is the difference between the top machine and the second machine? The obvious difference is that the top machine is already flavored the second requires that flavor is added but is the end result any different?

Do you think you could use the machine I am considering to make margaritas by adding margarita mix and tequila to the glass and then adding the frozen "stuff" from the slush puppie machine?

Mike
post #2 of 15
Mike....I do not have either of these machines, but I was looking into them over the past several months. I also do not know all the features of these machines. What I've gathered through my research is the top one cools the flavored mixture you put in over the course of an hour or two turning the mixture into a saturated, slush flavored drink. It is a real slush drink machine. The bottom one is more of an ice shaver machine. Like the ones that make snow cones. It produces coarse flakes or shards of ice and the added mixture is not saturated a well into the ice as it is poured over the top. You know the drill.....alot of the flavor seeps to the bottom of the cup as it doesn't mix well with frozen ice.
post #3 of 15
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The second machine actually makes a "slush" product from a purchased liquid. It doesn't shave ice. Over the last day I have become somewhat obsessed with finding out some more information on these machines. I spoke with the people at the Slush Puppie company and they told me the two types of machines basically end up with the same product.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by mbartenhagen View Post

The second machine actually makes a "slush" product from a purchased liquid. It doesn't shave ice. Over the last day I have become somewhat obsessed with finding out some more information on these machines. I spoke with the people at the Slush Puppie company and they told me the two types of machines basically end up with the same product.

Then don't ask if you already know the answer to your own question(s). I know better.....
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Falcon Eddie View Post

Then don't ask if you already know the answer to your own question(s). I know better.....


I didn't know the answer but I know yours is wrong. The machine in the second picture is not an ice shaver, an ice shaver is a totally different machine, it takes a block of ice and shaves it for snow cones, the machines in the links freeze a liquid into a slush base.

Mike
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by mbartenhagen View Post

I didn't know the answer but I know yours is wrong. The machine in the second picture is not an ice shaver, an ice shaver is a totally different machine, it takes a block of ice and shaves it for snow cones, the machines in the links freeze a liquid into a slush base.

Mike

You seem to want to argue as far as I've seen in your posts. I already said I did not know the features of those two machines. But, I do know that there are machines that look like the second one that shaves ice and you use squirt bottles to add flavoring. I know what a regular ice shaving machine that makes snow cones looks like too. So, don't try and make it sound like I don't know what I'm talking about. I know that some of the machines that look like the one you have posted SHAVE ICE! I'm not going to argue about a stupid machine. Last post and remind me next time to forget about it........
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I was just stating a fact, The Stoelting machine doesn't shave ice, I believe it was you that posted, "Don't ask if you already know the answer". I don't know the answer but you don't either. The second machine is a slush freezer, it freezes a base mix.

Mike
post #8 of 15
Ive used both types - The second one makes a base slush, just like the first - The lower machine came out later, and basically offered more flavor choices. The flavors squirts dont include any sugar, just concentrated flavor and color.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks Jerry, you have had all of the cool toys! How do you think the machine with the neutral base would work for margaritas? If I used a neutral base, tequila, and a "squirt" of margarita flavor would I have a good margarita? Did you get your new Breakmate yet? I saw your post in the Yahoo group.

Mike
post #10 of 15
Actually, I meant I have used them in stores All I have now is a smoothie machine and ice shaver. I am tempted to get one, but probably need to seek help for my concessions addiction first

Cant help you on the margerita, but I am a fan of pina colada flavor for shushees, sno cones, etc! I pressed my old Breakmate back into service, and other than the constant refilling of the syrup containers, the machine is even better than I remembered. I would still like to find a new or practically new one though, and use my current machine for backup/parts. I would recommend sodaclub.com btw for specialty flavors - they are highly concentrated, and two 16 oz bottles can be reconstituted into a gallon of syrup for the breakmate.
post #11 of 15
I don't have anything constructive to say to this thread, other than to be invited for margarita's when they are flowing from one of the machines :-)
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Falcon Eddie View Post

You seem to want to argue as far as I've seen in your posts. I already said I did not know the features of those two machines. But, I do know that there are machines that look like the second one that shaves ice and you use squirt bottles to add flavoring. I know what a regular ice shaving machine that makes snow cones looks like too. So, don't try and make it sound like I don't know what I'm talking about. I know that some of the machines that look like the one you have posted SHAVE ICE! I'm not going to argue about a stupid machine. Last post and remind me next time to forget about it........


The second machine is a FUB "frozen un carbonated beverage" machine. It does not shave ice. I know because I am a service tech for The Icee Co. Frozen is all we do. We own Slush Puppie. Ice shavers do not look anything like this machine. Why would I know. I fix them. Either machine would be fine, The first one is what is used in Dairy Queen in the mister misty type drinks. Its more of a commercial type machine. The lower one is more for point of sale stuff. looks nicer. They work the same, the 2 barrels give you more options as far as flavors go. they are not built as well If you lose a motor in the 2 barrel machine expect to pay upwards of $300 for one. The gears are made of plastic. I swear they are designed to fail. I have had all different types of equipment in my house. I have an Icee/slurpie machine right now and its the best for easy to use. Either of these will have to be cleaned 2-3 times a week if left running. The first machine would be a bit easier to clean because they are usually stainless steel. The plastic beaters and barrels of the second machine need cleaned and the seals lubed regularly to keep from leaking. Good luck
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the first hand knowledge. How about the difference in the time it takes to freeze? The SS model almost looks like it is a freeze on demand type of system, similar to a soft serve machine. The models with the big plastic barrels looks like it needs to freeze the entire mix which probably takes some time. I have a soft serve machine and I like the fact that I can go from clean and empty to soft serve in about 5 minutes, can I do the same thing with the first Slush Puppie machine?

Mike
post #14 of 15
The first machine should freeze faster depending on what model it is and the condition of the refridgeration system. The 2nd machine will not do anything fast. There is no insulation around the barrels and they absorb heat pretty fast. The second machine will take about 1.5 hours to cool to slush. the first should be faster, but not as fast as the soft serve machine, but it really depends on the model.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
The model that I am looking at is a Stoelting 100F, my understanding is that there were about 100,000 of these made so I am sure you have worked on some. About how long does it take one of these to freeze?

Mike
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