The Scoop on Our Favorite Ice Cream Tools

I scream, you scream, we all scream for well, you know. Making, serving and storing ice cream and other frozen treats is easy if you have the right tools for the job. And lucky for you, we’ve got a few top notch recommendations so you keep your nerves as cool as your frosty treats this summer!

BALCI Ice Cream Scoop

With its pointed chisel tip, the Balci Ice Cream Scoop smoothly glides through even rock-solid ice cream to form the perfect scoop. Need more reasons to love it? It’s made of solid stainless steel, has an ergonomic non-slip rubber grip and is dishwasher safe – and that’s the scoop.

OXO Good Grips Classic Ice Cream Scoop

With a design as classic as ice cream itself, the OXO scoop is an affordable, dependable tool in the kitchen. It, of course, dispenses perfectly round photo-worthy scoops of your favorite flavor with ease thanks the squeezable lever. But it’s also the perfect capacity for scooping standard-sized muffin and cupcake batters, making it extremely versatile all year round. It’s also dishwasher safe, won’t rust and like most OXO products, will last a lot longer than you think.

Luxail Ice Cream Container

The long, slim design of the Luxail Ice Cream Container allows you to get that perfect, deep scoop of ice cream or sorbet without a lot of effort. The container is double-walled, with a tight-fitting lid that prevents leaking and freezer burn. And because of its slender design, it won’t take up a lot of room in your freezer, yet it holds up to 1 ½ quarts of your favorite ice cream. The container is also BPA-free and dishwasher safe, which seals the deal for us!

Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet and Ice Cream Maker

In our book, this is the best no-frills, workhorse of an ice cream maker on the market. Housed in a handsome, brushed steel body, this machine makes 2 quarts of the frozen dessert of your choice – fro-yo, sorbet, gelato or ice cream – in just 25 minutes. Pre-freeze the double insulated bowl overnight, add your base, turn the machine on, and let the magic begin.

Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss

You’ve got the ice cream accoutrements, now to actually make some! One of our favorite books of the past year was Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020) by award-winning author Rose Levy Beranbaum. In addition to over 100 fine-tuned and creative recipes, tips and information on machines, ingredients and techniques round out this book, a must-have for ice cream lovers everywhere. Classics, new twists, sauces, toppings and more!

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