I'm so rarely interested in products sold on infomercials, but I was intrigued by the Magic Bullet blending/chopping system. After I learned how versatile the machine is and heard a positive review about the product from a friend, I decided to purchase the system.
I purchased the Magic Bullet for about $150. For that price, I actually received two complete Magic Bullet systems rather than just one. Each kit separately contains:
- two types of blades
- power base/motor
- tall and short cup for blending, microwaving, and storing food
- 4 lids (two for storing extra food in refrigerator, one to use as a shaker for fresh Parmesan cheese, another for microwaving)
- 4 party mugs (so you can blend ingredients for beverages right in the mug!)
- regular-sized blender
Normally, I don't like buying kits with this many items because they take up so much space, but I was impressed that even the blender and juicer are small and easy to store (the juicer fits inside the blender). I thought the price was reasonable considering how many items actually come with each kit, plus I also bought a separate cookbook and paid for the shipping costs.
The cookbook contains some recipes that overlap with the guide that automatically comes with the Magic Bullet. I wasn't bothered by this because I just wanted the recipes to know which type of blade to use and what kinds of ingredients could be chopped well together. I didn't need measurements for the ingredients, I just wanted some guidelines as I learned how to use the Magic Bullet.
What I am excited about with this product is that I can easily whip together healthy (and some unhealthy) foods that I love. Once you get the techniques down, such as pulsing ingredients so they don't get blended into mush, it's exceptionally easy to use. I am excited that I can make my own salsa, pasta sauces, and dessert with just a few ingredients and in such a short time.
Most of all, I appreciate being able to make healthy options. I can make fresh salsa by chopping and mixing fresh vegetables together, and all I need are some veggies and lime juice. I can make a separate batch for others, maybe a sweeter variety with some mango, but I can make it easily in the same cup. This way, there's no need to buy canned salsas full of preservatives and ingredients I can't pronounce, and I can make everything to order based on the tastes that everyone likes.
I've really only followed one of the recipes in exactness, and that was for chocolate mousse. All I had to do was blend together heavy cream with chocolate syrup and it turned into a fluffy, delicious treat. Otherwise, I like to experiment. It is easy to follow the recipes to make smoothies or shakes, but it's also fun to just throw things together. For example, I wanted something similar to the berry sorbet recipe, but had no frozen berries. So I modified the Magic Bullet recipe by crushing ice with fresh strawberries. The texture was much thicker, like a thick berry slush, and it was tasty and healthy.
A final feature that is good to point out is that the cups and lids are dishwasher safe (on top shelf only). The blades have to be handwashed, but that doesn't take long. The power base rarely gets messy, so it can just sit nicely on the counter.
If you're interested in a very versatile blending and chopping machine, I highly recommend the Magic Bullet. The official website can be viewed here: http://www.buythebullet.com/