This top-rated ice cream maker creates the ultimate summer treat for under £40

This ice cream maker provides the ideal snack for under £40. (Getty Images)

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It’s fair to say we’ve all become a little more experimental with our cooking as of late.

While you may now be a pro at making a loaf of sourdough, or baking an epic banana bread. For those who have children at home and need to find another way to entertain them, ice cream making may just be the perfect kitchen activity.

And what better way to treat ourselves, now the sun is out, than with a sweet scoop of ice cream?

If you thought ice cream makers were uber-expensive, luxury gadgets for only the biggest, wealthiest ice-cream connoisseurs then think again, as we’ve found one for under £40.

The Magimix Ice Cream Maker from Argos is just £39.99 and compact enough to delight even those with the smallest of kitchen spaces.

So, how does it work?

Using yoghurt or cream, the Magimix Le Glacier ice cream machine gently churns and freezes to produce 0.85 litres (1 pint) of delicious ice cream in 20 to 30 minutes.

It can also make low-calorie sorbets if you’re keen on a sugar hit but also want to save yourself for a post-dinner dessert later in the evening.

Buy it: Magimix Ice Cream Maker | £39.99 from Argos

The ice cream maker is also a brilliant investment for anyone with young children.

Set up an ice cream making session where they can pick their flavours and then create and decorate their soft serve.

Not only will it keep them entertained, but it will also mean you need never worry about what to fish out of the cupboard when they’re asking for a snack.

One satisfied shopper’s review read: “Really compact so it fits in freezer compartment yet makes a good quantity of ice cream.”

While another wrote: “This ice cream maker is simple to use and makes delicious ice cream. It is compact and easy to store.”

If we only we could make our own flakes, then we’d really be in business.