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attack of the ice balls

One of my recent finds during a trip to Daiso was this ice ball mold:

It makes three spheres of ice which are about 6 cm (2.25 inches) in diameter. I love them. They keep a glass of water very cold (but they can roll forward and hit your front teeth, very bad!).

The spheres are about the same size as the Muji ice ball molds I bought earlier this year:

If your freezer is nice and cold the spheres can come out with a lot of it being clear ice, it’s pretty. I have to find an event during which I can serve punch and float these in it. I have not yet tried to freeze something inside of the balls but intend to do that very soon. See more pictures of these here in my Flickr.

Aside: the Muji molds are listed as small and I’d really like to see what a large size might be.

Also, the Muji UK has the puzzle cookie cutter set back in stock.

· comments [15] · 12-1-2006 · categories:things I think are neat ·

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rachel // Dec 3, 2006 at 7:37 am

    I am beyond jealous you have a Daisio! I wish they had an online store!

  • 2 rachelf // Dec 3, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    I have a couple of the Muji ice-ball molds (bought in Japan), and I think they’re the large ones. The ice balls are about 3 inches in diameter, and they pretty much fill up a 12-oz tumbler. They’re perfect for whisky on the rocks.

  • 3 Nan // Dec 3, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Daisio Rocks!

    If you use cooled off, boiled water, you will get really clear ice cubes/balls. I found this out accidentally when I used up what was left in a tea kettle rather than dumping the water.

  • 4 Elizabeth // Dec 4, 2006 at 3:01 pm

    Oh this is fabulous! Are they available in the UK anywhere or are they Daiso own-brand? Perhaps the Muji ones will be my best bet, but I love the elegance of the Daiso set. I think I feel a research mission coming on…

  • 5 megan // Dec 4, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Elizabeth – I’m not sure if it’s a Daiso only brand. I have pictures of the packaging here – front and back, hopefully that will help.

  • 6 Elizabeth // Dec 4, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks Megan – I’ll have a rummage around and see what I can come up with.

  • 7 nazila // Dec 4, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    Email me and I’ll pick up what you need next week.


  • 8 megan // Dec 4, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    rachelf – those are about the size of mine. I hadn’t though of using them with whiskey, I need some good highball glasses first though.

  • 9 carolb // Dec 5, 2006 at 10:34 am

    We have a Daiso in Richmond – very near Vancouver, BC. Love, love love it. I actually bought the ice cube maker that looks like icebergs and have yet to try it out. I guess I should now. You’ve inspired me.

  • 10 Gavin // Mar 1, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    I found them at the Muji department at Ahlens in Stockholm. I suspect they are all over Europe. My only regret is that only bought two. Fortunately, my mother heard my regret and got me two more from the Muji website.

    I haven’t had luck using boiled water to make the ice clear. Maybe I need to boil it even longer than I have been?

    One of the best things about the Muji molds is how large they are. If you drink whiskey, you will have it cold but not diluted as these things take quite awhile to melt, even when you pour alcohol over them.

  • 11 ES // Aug 24, 2008 at 5:57 am

    It seems your Richmond BC Daiso is the northamerican flagship store!

  • 12 ES // Aug 24, 2008 at 5:59 am

    I also make baby eyeballs that are kind of like gelatine using small round moulds. These would make great giant eyeballs!

  • 13 ES // Aug 24, 2008 at 5:59 am

    - um that would be for halloween.

  • 14 Cheryl Charming // Jan 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    You can find them at

  • 15 Mike // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Check out these crystal clear ice balls!

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