There's an excellent Canadian YouTube cooking channel called "Glen and Friends Cooking" where he occasionally does ice cream recipes. His latest one is a no churn Toblerone/cream cheese ice cream that only came out a couple of days ago. And, yes, his wife comes in at the end in every video to get involved in a taste test :-) Some of his ice cream videos use an ice cream maker, but the latest video I mentioned actually doesn't. I suspect making your own ice cream, even with a dedicated machine, is probably too much of a faff for most people, but there can be advantages if you need something "off the beaten path" e.g. unusual flavours or replacing sugar with an artificial equivalent e.g. Canderel Sugarly (expensive, but arguably the best tasting artificial granulated sugar substitute out there).
each to their own but in the summer months we use ours at least once per week and i have owned ice cream machines since 2007
Yes! It is sooo easy to do. The condensed milk and cream works well with flavours like nutella, smarties, chocolate etc. Also with pick your own fruit coming along soon, you can make really delicious strawberry or blackcurrant ice creams too. Haagen daz gives their recipe for either vanilla or chocolate ice cream (I forget which) it uses eggs and cream. It tastes amazing!
For ice cream recipes I highly recommend the Ben and Jerry’s book. V good.
I honestly think these machines are better (cheaper) at creating sorbets and things that don't require lots of e.g. cream. Even just semifreezing juices would be good on a hot day and probably a lot healthier than an ice lolly. I don't think anyone should be eating ice cream multiple times a week for any reason, it's basically equal parts sugar and fat