ColdSnap: the Keurig of ice cream unveiled at CES 2021
Meet ColdSnap, an ice-cream-making appliance unveiled by Sigma Phase at CES 2021. ColdSnap looks and works just like a Keurig machine, but instead of coffee, it makes soft-serve pod-dispensed ice cream and other frozen treats, such as yogurt, smoothies, protein shakes and cocktails, in less than two minutes.
The machine accepts shelf-stable, ambient temperature, ColdSnap pods, and then rapidly freezes and dispenses the contents directly into the bowl. The pods feature a built-in QR code and mixer to ensure the right consistency.
No preparation of the ColdSnap pods is required - since their contents are fully sealed inside, they do not have to be refrigerated. Below is a video of how it works.
The ColdSnap pods look like energy drink cans and have a minimum shelf life of about nine months. They are made from aluminum and are completely recyclable, so you do not have to worry about the environmental impact.
The company claims that the finished product has a smooth consistency, as the ice crystals that form within it are very small. “Ice cream made from the ColdSnap system is creamier and has a smoother mouthfeel than ice cream that undertakes a deep freeze. ColdSnap frozen yogurt has an almost velvety texture. ColdSnap frozen confections (Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Daiquiris) have a silky consistency that is difficult to replicate in any home or bar. In short, ColdSnap makes a smoother, better product.”
ColdSnap will undergo a beta launch later this year, before launching fully in 2022. Prices have yet to be finalized, but the machine is expected to cost between $500 and $1,000, with pods costing $2.99 each.
Photography & video courtesy of ColdSnap / Sigma Phase