How to Use Black & Decker Arctic Twisters

Andrew Tennyson

The Black & Decker Arctic Twister was designed to create soft-serve ice cream treats. The Arctic Twister lets you take hard ice cream, sherbet or frozen yogurt and combine it with candy, nuts or fruit.

If you plan to use cones, keep several ready to go.

Using the Arctic Twister is a two-stage process that involves assembling the device and then combining your various ingredients to create soft-serve.


Black & Decker lists a number of mix-ins that are compatible with the Arctic Twister, including candies, cookies, cereals, fruits and nuts. The company recommends using excessively sticky candies and dried fruit sparingly. It does not recommend using gummy candies of any kind.

Assemble the Arctic Twister

  1. Rinse the lid, chute, plunger and twisting device of your new Arctic Twister.

  2. Insert the twisting device into the base, and then slide the chute over the twisting device and click it into place.

  3. Push the ratchet clip forward on the lid and hold it forward.

  4. Insert the plunger into the ratchet clip opening from the underside of the lid until the ratchet clip rests on the plunger base.

  5. Set the lid aside.

Make Your Soft-Serve

  1. Assemble your ingredients. For best results, Black & Decker recommends using hard ice cream, sherbet, sorbet or frozen yogurt directly out of the freezer.

  2. Plug the Arctic Twister's cord into a standard electrical outlet

  3. Place a dish or cone under the Twister's chute to catch your soft-serve.

  4. Place one scoop of ice cream or another frozen treat into the chute. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of "mix-ins," followed by another scoop of ice cream. Continue layering in this way until the chute is full.

  5. Attach the lid and plunger onto the chute opening, pressing down gently and turning the lid to the left to lock it in place.

  6. Pump the handle a few times to prime the chute.

  7. Press the "On/Off" button, and continue gently pumping the handle to help move the ice cream and mix-ins through the machine. Monitor your cones or dish under the chute to watch for overflow.

  8. Press the button again to turn off the Arctic Twister after all of your soft-serve has moved through the machine.