An iceberg crushed the Titanic. We crush icebergs.
Crunching ice cubes with stainless steel blades is great fun, but crushed ice has other benefits too. As anyone who’s tried it on a swelling knows, crushed ice cools far more effectively than cubes (another good reason for buying a hand blender). Of course, cocktails like Caipi and Piña Colada also benefit from the larger surface of the ice fragments, which are ideal for diluting very strong or thick cocktails. Most people soon progress from crushing ice to crushing deep-frozen berries, which is no problem thanks to the stainless steel blender base. Just don’t try glaciers or polar caps!