February 2, 2007

Kronik Chill Freezer Cup Review

Kronik ChillDual-Layered Cups with Freezer Gel
Price: $23.99 for a case of 24

We have to admit when we first heard about Kronik Chill we weren't quite sold. Don't get us wrong, we thought it was a cool idea, but after all the promises they make on their website about The Test, we still weren't quite feeling it. After all, Kronik Chill is just a glorified styrofoam cup, right?

And yes, we realize styrofoam is a miracle substance.In fact, it's what kept your McDLT hot and cool, respectively.
We like that McDLT analogy quite a bit, actually. You want your hand to be like the burger part - it should stay warm. And you want your drink to be like the lettuce and tomato part - it should stay frosty cool. So does it work?

Here's the thing about Kronik Chill - yes, it's a styrofoam cup. But there's more to it than just that. There is an inner layer made of a plastic cup, and there is freezer gel in between to keep the chill. So we put it to the test.

We stored our cups in the freezer for a day or so, and when we pulled them out the Kronik Chill, we were impressed by the fact that yes, our McDLT stayed warm. There was no discomfort at all, and we could've held onto the cup for an indefinite period. It definitely keeps the warm side warm - success.

We then took two of the cups and filled them with two beverages. One was already cool, right out of the fridge in fact. The other was at room temperature (actually more like near-tepid). We then checked each cup periodically for the next few hours.

The cool beverage was cold enough to hurt our teeth after a few minutes, without adding any ice. It maintained that level of chill for the next hour, and stayed drinkably cold for at least three hours after that. The tepid beverage chilled down to a drinkable temperature after five minutes or so, and maintained the chilled temperature for a few hours as well. The cool side stayed cool - also a success.

These are great cups, and we're going to keep ours in the freezer for any chilling emergency, for at least as long as they last. That's not to say they're poorly made - they're not designed to last forever. What do you really want for a buck a cup? These would be great for parties and barbecues, but you might want to leave the McDLT analogy alone until everyone's had a few drinks.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at February 2, 2007 7:22 AM
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