The basic attachments for a KitchenAid mixer are a whisk, a paddle and a dough hook, all of which get regular use from home bakers baking anything from cupcakes to baguettes. KitchenAid actually makes a wide variety of different attachments for their stand mixers, and not all of them are just for baking. The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment is one that turns your KitchenAid into an ice cream maker. The attachment is a freezer bowl that snaps into place instead of the regular mixer bowl. It needs to be frozen for at least 12 (preferably 24) hours before using it, but when the bowl is ready you can pour your ice cream base into it and churn your ice cream using an included dasher (ice cream churning paddle) attachment. This type of freezer bowl typically takes 20-30 minutes to churn a soft ice cream, then the ice cream can be transferred to a freezer-safe container for longer storage.
This attachment is perfect if you already have a stand mixer and want to start making your own ice cream at home. With it, you don’t need to buy (or make room to store) a separate ice cream maker, and you can add one more thing to the list of great things you can do with your stand mixer.