Why do ice cubes crack when you drop them in drinks?

The sound of summer is ice cracking as you pour yourself a cold drink. Hearing that snap and pop cools everybody down. But why does ice crack? Periodic Videos explains the reason why ice straight from freezer suffers that sudden crack versus how ice left on a tray will just melt instead of crack. » 7/02/14 12:47am 7/02/14 12:47am

These hand carved ice cubes are the most expensive you can buy

A bag of 50 of these hand carved ice cubes costs $325. They are made by a California-based company that claims the cubes have no taste, so they don't ruin the taste of drinks, and they provide minimum dilution and maximum cooling. I suspect these inconveniences don't matter after the first two drinks. » 6/11/14 10:51pm 6/11/14 10:51pm

It's a Shame To Think These 3D Milled Ice Cubes Will Melt Away

You can find silicone ice cube moulds for everything from perfect spheres to gummy bears these days. But if you're throwing a dinner party and really want to impress your guests, nothing says "I have too much money and free time" like using a 3D milling machine to sculpt a frozen drink-chilling masterpiece like this. » 4/15/14 9:40am 4/15/14 9:40am

Terrify Your Dinner Party Guests With These Thudding T-Rex Ice Cubes

The number one rule for hosting a successful dinner party? Make sure your guests fear gruesome death by dinosaur at least once during the evening. The best way to achieve the effect? These ice ripples that mimic that scene—you know the one—from the original Jurassic Park. No T-Rex needed! » 3/08/14 9:00am 3/08/14 9:00am

Hands Down the Easiest Way To Make Ice Spheres

Have you seen some of the contraptions needed to make those sphere-shaped ice cubes that are all the rage? They look like they belong in a factory stamping out auto parts from sheet metal. This silicone Frozen Peas mould looks infinitely easier—and so much more adorable. » 2/07/14 11:20am 2/07/14 11:20am

An Awesome 132-Cube Ice Tray Exists Because People Are Assholes

First, there's a special place in hell for people who leave the ice trays empty. Ugh! But those people exist, so thankfully Lékué makes a tray that has space to store 132 cubes. » 6/13/13 5:00pm 6/13/13 5:00pm

It's All About the Benjamin Ice Cubes, Baby

Ask for your paycheck in cold hard cash. Your boss will laugh at you. So the most obvious alternative is literal ice in the shape of hundred dollar bills. » 4/18/13 5:00pm 4/18/13 5:00pm

Spiked Ice Tray Lets You Freeze Up Untraceable Murder Weapons

Well this seems kinda irresponsible. Fred & Friends claims this ice tray that produces 14 frozen spikes is actually designed to make your drink more badass—like a spiked collar. But what it's clearly failing to realize is that the tray is also an easy way to create 14 stabbing weapons that leave little to no evidence… » 4/05/13 10:01am 4/05/13 10:01am

Ice Cube Innovation Is Just a Bear-pig-ipede Away

If you've never spilled an ice cube tray full of water or accidentally dumped a dozen cubes on the floor, I hope you have the medal you deserve. For the rest of us, a clever, covered ice cube tray like this could be a cool solution. » 4/01/13 2:40pm 4/01/13 2:40pm

iOS Ice Cubes Because iPhones Can't Chill Drinks

Dropping your iPhone in the drink is always an unfortunate thing but if you drop Gamago's iOS icon ice cubes ($8) in your glass, you'll be the opposite of sad because your drink will be cold and your phone safe. Ice bath, good. Damaged phone rice bath, bad. » 1/22/13 5:00pm 1/22/13 5:00pm

Why Did It Take So Long For Companion Cube Ice Trays?

Who knew that slapping a heart on the side of a 3D rendered cube would turn it into one of the most beloved video game characters of the past five years? Definitely not Valve, otherwise the developer would have had this Companion Cube Ice Tray on the market ages ago. » 10/19/12 4:00pm 10/19/12 4:00pm

Gummy Bear Ice Cubes Promise to Make Any Drink Infinitely More Fun

Quick, name the world's most perfect food. Bananas you say? Wrong! You're just a tool of the Big Banana marketing machine. The real answer, of course, would be gummy bears. Every handful gives you your recommended daily dose of red, green, yellow, and orange, and with this silicone gummy bear mould, you can now make… » 7/25/12 1:00am 7/25/12 1:00am

The Best Ways To Keep Your Drinks Ice Cold Today

The thermometer might sail past the 100 degree mark today, but the last place you want to be on the Fourth of July is indoors. Even if it's refreshingly air conditioned in there. » 7/04/12 12:30pm 7/04/12 12:30pm

Ice Cube Vest Is an Even More Ridiculous Way To Stay Cool at Work

And to think last weekend we actually mocked those miniature shoe air conditioners. At least with those you could hide your feet under your desk and no one would be the wiser. It's impossible to hide the ridiculousness of wearing this Flexi Freeze Ice Vest. » 6/23/12 5:00pm 6/23/12 5:00pm

The Best Ice Cube Tray of All Time

It's pretty much summertime. It's hot out. You want a cold drink. You need ice to make your drink cold. Here lies the best tray for slinging cubes. Ahhhhhhhhhh. » 5/26/12 12:19pm 5/26/12 12:19pm

Over-Engineered Trays Create Crystal Clear Ice—One Cube At a Time

If you prefer your ice cubes to be free of cloudy bubbles and have loads of free time on your hands, the Polar Ice Cube Tray promises frozen perfection, one ice cube at a time. » 5/02/12 2:40pm 5/02/12 2:40pm

Ice Invaders Attack Girly Mixed Drinks Everywhere

Sometimes it's not enough to be a somewhat indifferent fan of an 80s arcade phenomenon. Sometimes you need to share your blasé passion with others by making them ingest it. » 2/03/09 10:07am 2/03/09 10:07am

Quicksnap Ice Tray Releases One Cube at a Time

Sometimes you don't need to fill your 5-gallon Mega Xtreme Chill Polar Icecap Gulp with 238 ice cubs to get through the day. Sometimes you just want one or two. » 1/22/09 3:00pm 1/22/09 3:00pm

Create Perfect Ice Spheres For Perfect Cocktails

If you are serious about your on-the-rocks beverages, you probably already know that ice is a major factor in constructing the perfect drink. The best ice consists of quality water and is shaped in such a way that it does not take up much surface area—which ensures that your drink does not get watered down… » 5/08/08 5:30pm 5/08/08 5:30pm

LiteCubes for Colorful Quaffing

Here's a accessory that could prove to be a fine enhancement to the upcoming holiday festivities: LiteCubes that light up your drink like a Christmas tree and have a gel center that you can freeze, cooling off that drink in cool style. They're available in a variety of colors, each with an LED and battery embedded… » 11/28/06 3:33pm 11/28/06 3:33pm