These Are the Best Ice Cream Scoop Options According to Fanatics
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Find out which ice cream scoop you need to make that super sundae.
Between the two of us ice cream aficionados, we’ve sent many, many spoons to an early grave trying to scoop hard ice cream. Their frail, spindly spines just couldn’t hold up to my carton of cookies ‘n’ cream. Sure, we could have waited 15 minutes before digging into a batch of homemade strawberry ice cream, but who wants to wait?
So finally, after years of ruining spoons, spatulas and scoopers, we consulted with the pros in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen. If anyone would know ice cream and kitchen gear, it would be this talented team.
The Search for the Best Ice Cream Scoop
Our Test Kitchen team has tried dozens of scoops over the years. These expert cooks and bakers use scoops to top desserts with ice cream and scoop up the frozen treats they whip up in the kitchen. Pint after pint, a few brands of ice cream scoops really impressed our team.
Best Overall: Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop
The Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop is a classic. This traditional scoop has been used in ice cream parlors since 1935, and this brand has been a favorite in the Test Kitchen for years.
What makes this basic scoop so beloved? First and foremost: It scoops really, really well. The heat conductive fluid in the handle warms up the metal so you can scoop through ice cream, gelato and sherbet with ease. This might sound pretty simple with so many fancy-looking scoopers on the market, but the Test Kitchen can attest to how well this basic technology works.
And let’s not forget one more thing: This Zeroll scoop is super durable. As long as you wash this by hand, this aluminum scooper should last you for years (and plenty of sundaes) to come.
Cleanest Scoop: Tovolo Tilt-Up Ice Cream Scoop
What do you do with your spoon when you’re taking a break from scooping portion after portion of ice cream? Chances are that it goes right on the counter creating a mess. But, if you’ve got the right scoop, you can avoid all that stickiness. That scoop is the Tovolo Tilt-Up Ice Cream Scoop. The handle of this gadget has bulit-in feet that keep the scoop off your countertops and funnels any melting ice cream away.
But this scoop is more than just its mess-free feature. Its almond-shaped scoop digs in with ease and creates perfectly round scoops of sorbet.
Best Splurgy Scooper: Midnight Scoop
Say hello to the Midnight Scoop: a feat of design, science and ice cream fanaticism. This scoop was designed by an aerospace engineer with ergonimics in mind. The curved handle helps you push through even extra-frozen ice cream with ease, relying on your shoulder and arm muscles—not your wrist. As for the scoop itself, it’s shaped to dig in and create generously sized portions of ice cream.
This space-age gadget is a bit pricier at almost $40, but if you’re serious about you’re ice cream the way we are, it’s well worth it. With its sturdy stainless steel construction, it might just be the last scoop you ever buy.
Best Soft Grip: OXO Ice Cream Scoop
You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good scooper in our books. The Test Kitchen also recommends this $16 OXO Ice Cream Scoop. It has a pliable, rubberized grip to keep your hands comfy while scoopin’ at an ice cream party. Talk about smart!
As an added bonus, this scoop is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.