Most of the time I get my fill of ice cream, frozen yogurt and popsicles in the summer and early fall but there are times that I crave something cold and sweet in the dead of winter. Blenders can handle almost anything if they have enough horsepower but you need to use the pulse button or take the lid off and move the ingredients around so there's contact with the blade. When I saw a demonstration of the Yonanas Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker (also referred to as Yo'Nanas Frozen Healthy Treat Maker) I thought it would be perfect to use with all of the frozen berries and bananas I had in the freezer for baking. If you want super soft and tasty bananas you should freeze them before cutting them up and mashing them, you will get a ton of flavor from them that way. While this is easy to use, it isn't going to yield something that tastes like ice cream unless you add milk, cream or yogurt to it. That's good for people who are lactose intolerant and are looking for something that they can make special desserts with but if you want a regular ice cream maker, this isn't for you. It isn't going to make enough per batch to serve as you would ice cream but for single portions or diet portions for two people, it's just right. I have used a ton of different frozen fruits in this and the only thing that didn't turn out all that great were grapes. I think the skins were too thick but this managed to tear through everything else I put in it so I can't see how grape skins were a huge challenge. The noise level is pretty high but you only have to run it for three to four minutes. It is relatively safe to use but wouldn't allow those under the age of thirteen to use it without supervision. Most of the parts are dishwasher safe but I prefer to hand wash and air dry it so there's no chance that the plastic will crack.