Ice Cold Mug

When we went to Disney World last November, one of the souvenirs I decided I wanted was a freezer cup — one of those cups that has special materials so that when you freeze it, it holds the cold longer. I had a mug like this already, but it hda a liquid in it that would freeze while I had seen newer versions that appeared to have a solid material that I anticipated would be more effective.

While shopping for souvenirs, I saw a few of these cups, but most of them were smaller than what I wanted. Eventually, I found one that I liked:
ice-cold-cup
(I don’t have Dave‘s hang-up about Caucasian Mickey, though mostly out of laziness.)

Here are close-up shots of the freezing material before and after being frozen, just ’cause I find it interesting. These are of the same area of the cup and you can click on the images to see the full-size versions to better see the detail.

Not frozen: hard to see, but there are spaces between the crystals (click image for full-size)

Not frozen: hard to see, but there are spaces between the crystals (click image for full-size)

Frozen -- focus is on the surface rather than the interior, but maybe you can still tell that the spaces between the crystals are mostly gone (click image for full-size)

Frozen -- focus is on the surface rather than the interior, but maybe you can still tell that the spaces between the crystals are gone (click image for full-size)

I’ve been using this cup for soda since I got it and I’m very happy with it. I’m thinking I should get a couple of these for work….

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  1. #1 by Giggle Pixie on January 30, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Cool! I didn’t realize they were using something other than the liquid now. I have a couple with liquid stuff in them but I’ll have to look for the newer ones. And your photos of the material showed great detail!!

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    • #2 by Ren on January 30, 2009 - 11:42 pm

      @Giggle Pixie, I’m glad the detail came through — I took the frozen version first and then had to wait for it to thaw to get the other image. At that point, I felt like the original picture could have been focused a bit better but didn’t have the patience to wait for the cup to re-freeze. šŸ™‚

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  2. #3 by martymankins on January 30, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    That’s a cool mug. When we were there in Dec 2007, we picked up a bunch of coffee mugs (the 2007 brands were half off).

    I’ve seen those cups before. I actually have something similar, which gets put into the freezer and makes slushees.

    That cup you picked up looks like the freezing crystals are designed to keep the drink cold instead of freezing the liquid in it to a frozen state.

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    • #4 by Ren on January 30, 2009 - 11:42 pm

      @martymankins, Do you put it in the freezer with the slush ingredients in the cup?

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  3. #5 by martymankins on January 31, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    @ren … I do. 6 hours later, and 10 mins of slight thaw time, I’ve got a a nice slushee. Yum!

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    • #6 by Ren on February 3, 2009 - 5:02 pm

      @martymankins, yes, that’s definitely different. If there is liquid in mine when I freeze it, then six hours is usually enough to freeze it solid, I think. I may need one like yours as well.

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  4. #7 by whall on February 1, 2009 - 10:52 am

    Maybe you should think positive or negative thoughts towards the material before it freezes so you can see if it affects it.

    Like this guy
    http://www.whatthebleep.com/crystals/

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  5. #8 by Ren on February 1, 2009 - 11:21 am

    @whall, sorry, I don’t do negative thoughts…

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