Gift Ideas for the Ice Cream Lover: Ice Cream Scoops

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on November 28, 2006

The holidays are coming. So, I decided to start of list of great presents for ice cream lovers. I’ve got a couple of ideas that I’ll present over the next few weeks. Today I’ll go with the best stocking stuffer: An ice cream scoop. Ice cream scoops are one of those things that everyone has, but most people don’t have the best one. Well, I do. I absolutely love my Oxo Ice Cream Spade. See, ice cream Spades are superior to scoops because you can get so much more ice cream out of the container. It’s wonderful. And I like Oxo because their handles are extra comfy. And I like their red logo. But, I digress. I honestly think that my Oxo Ice Cream Spade is the best scoop out there and that you won’t find a better stocking stuffer. But, if you don’t like the spade, you should check out a few other ice cream scoops that Real Simple rated:

The Original Zeroll $16

Zeroll’s aluminum scooper, a stalwart that’s been around since 1935, earned a thumbs-up for its effortless rolling motion, which yielded nearly flawless spheres every time. The thick handle is filled with a defrosting fluid that warms on contact with a bare hand, in turn heating the scoop. This, combined with the extra-deep bowl’s beveled edge, makes carving into a carton a cinch. Hand wash.

Best Added-Feature Ice Cream Scoop:
Oxo Good Grips Lever Scoop, $8

Testers tried scoops with a quick-release lever built into the handle (unwieldy for lefties and kids), a windshield wiper–like sweeper built into the bowl (often clogged by chunky ice cream), and a squeeze-operated lever (hard to manage one-handed). This Oxo model beat them all hands down. The soft rubberized handle prevents slips when you’re dealing with hard ice cream (or when your fingers are slick with drippy meltdown), and the clever pop-up lever pushes the scoop right out of the bowl like a catapult: Scoop, pop, and serve. Next! Dishwasher-safe.

Best Mini-Scoop Ice Cream Scoop:
Stainless-Steel Mini Ambidextrous Scoop, $10

Mini scoops are perfect for gelato and sorbet, whose concentrated flavors satisfy cravings with smaller portions. This winning version has a thin metal blade that sweeps inside the bowl when the handle is pressed, unsticking the gelato and delivering a diminutive 1 1/2-inch-diameter globe every time. (With larger models, this type of mechanism often jammed. But here the combination of a smaller bowl and a spring-loaded, full-hand grip overpowered any potential clogs and sticks.) It carves a mean melon ball, too. Dishwasher-safe.”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara Wilson April 5, 2007 at 3:56 am

Excuse, and what you think concerning forthcoming elections?

Tima April 18, 2007 at 3:04 am

nice photos of this blog

Kirsten May 29, 2007 at 9:52 pm

do you know where I can buy the Stainless-Steel Mini Ambidextrous Scoop, $10

i can’t find it on any websites – does it have another name?

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