From the monthly archives:

November 2011

Best Ice Cream Gifts for Ice Cream Lovers

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on November 15, 2011

While you may not be thinking about ice cream as the winter approaches, if you’re a true ice cream lover, or if you know a diehard ice cream fan – then you know that the holiday season is the best time of year to get ice cream gifts.

So what should you buy for that ice cream lover on your list?  Here are my top choices.

1. A Professional Ice Cream Maker

Ice Cream Lovers everywhere would love it if their loved ones would buy them this BMW-model of ice cream makers. Yes, it’s nearly $700, but it’s the best automatic freezing ice cream maker – professional style you can buy.

2. An Automatic Freezing Ice Cream Maker

Ok, so you may not be able to afford the top ice cream maker, but the Lello Automatic Ice Cream Maker is pretty darn good for $200.

3. Regular Ice Cream Maker with freezable bowls

These ice cream makers require that you pre-freeze the bowls (meaning you have to have 24 hours advanced notice to make ice cream.) For the better model get this Cuisinart for around $40. For a bargain, the Hamilton Beach soft serve ice cream maker works well for $25.

image4. Ice Cream Container

This cute little ice cream container holds homemade ice cream and allows you to transport it more easily without freezing. 

5. Zoku Quick Pop Popsicle Maker

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a great choice.

6. An awesome ice cream scoop, spoon, spade or set of bowls

We recently compiled the top ice cream scoops, best ice cream spoons and spoon straws, cutest ice cream bowls, best cream chargers and whippers, and best ice cream spades. Any of these would make a great gift.

Enjoy the holiday season!  Let me know if you want any help customizing a gift for the ice cream lover in your family…

 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links – which means that if you buy something after clicking on the link, I earn a small percentage. It doesn’t hurt you or cost you more, but it helps me to continue to provide excellent reviews.

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Best Ice Cream Spoons and Spoon Straws for Malts

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on November 2, 2011

Finding the best ice cream spoons and spoon straws to enjoy malts with can offer a challenge. Since malts can be very thick, it is important to choose a straw that is able to provide enough width to allow you to suck in the fun flavors you enjoy. It is also a good idea to invest in straws that have the spoon portion on the bottom. These make it easy to enjoy your malt the way you want to – through a straw or with a spoon. Keep in mind you can use these straws for anything you would like, which makes them an affordable option. Use them for smoothies, especially when you are using chucks of fruit. Use them with thicker ice cream shakes, too.

Choosing a the Best Spoon and Spoon Straw

Spoon StrawsThere are disposable versions of ice cream spoons and spoon straws on the market, but it may be a better option for you to consider metal varieties. You can wash these repeatedly and really get your money’s worth out of them. In addition, for thicker shakes and malts you need something with more stability than a flimsy straw.

The following are some of the best ice cream spoons and spoon straws, as rated by reviewers. Consider all of your options when buying.

Global Decor

Global Decor offers the 1639 18/10 S/S Combination Straw-Spoons Beverage Set. It comes with four straw spoons. These are stainless steel so they are easy to clean and maintain. They are stylish and cute enough for any party, but they are also easy enough simply to toss into the dishwasher, too.

Danesco Stainless Steel Spoon Straw Set

Another spoon straw set is this one from Danesco, which provides you with four items. It is also stainless steel and consumers like that it is hard to break these. You can drop them, wash them in the dishwasher and even use them for years without any problems. These are 7 ¾ inches in length.

WMF Manaos (Spoon only)

Maybe you do not want the straw aspect of the spoon. If you want just a great ice cream spoon, perfect for those tall malt glasses, choose the WMF Manaos Bistro Ice Cream Spoon. It comes in a set of four. These are perfect for those hosting a party. They are 18/10 stainless steel spoons that have a high polish finish. The necks are slender and the handles do flare out, which allows them easy access into a tall glass. These are also dishwasher safe and durable.

Finding the best ice cream spoons and spoon straws is critical. You need, after all, a great looking spoon that is fun to use. On the other hand, you likely want something that is easy to clean (some varieties of stainless steel straws do come with a cleaning kit or you can buy one separately) The good news is that you have plenty of quality products on the market. Now, you can enjoy your malt with ease and with a bit of fun added to it.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links – which means that if you buy something after clicking on the link, I earn a small percentage. It doesn’t hurt you or cost you more, but it helps me to continue to provide excellent reviews.

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