How to make a scoop of ice cream easily

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  • Having grown up around an ice cream business, I know that picking up frozen solid ice cream is a daunting task.
  • I’ll let you in on a secret: there’s a specific ice cream scoop that makes it easier and faster.
  • The Zeroll ice cream scoop is smooth to prepare thanks to the heat-conducting liquid in the handle and a bowl with sharp edges.

If you ask me, every season is ice cream season. Still, there’s no doubt that an ice cream cone is something special on a summer evening. I grew up around sweet and frozen treats – my aunt and uncle ran a wholesale ice cream business in New York’s Hudson Valley. From the start, I was taught a key tip: re-freezing melted ice cream disrupts the texture, so keep it as solid as possible.

Unfortunately, that means it can be really hard to scoop, as anyone who’s had a summer job at a scoop store knows.

The good news is twofold. First, the ice cream in your freezer will never be as solid as the gallons in the industrial walk-in freezer my aunt and uncle used. You had to wear a parka to get in. Two, there’s a tool that makes it easier: the Zeroll ice cream scoop, which lets you serve solid ice cream without softening it first.

Yes, the ice cream scoop you use is important.

To get a good scoop of hard ice cream, you need to ditch the regular scoops and go for a scoop of ice cream. It might seem like a lot to spend $20 on a single tool, but the Zeroll is good enough at its job alone to be worth it. It’s not just a round scoop with blunt sides – the Zeroll’s oval bowl has a thin, almost sharp edge that helps cut through ice cream and all mixtures.

The Zeroll ice cream scoop is a favorite among scoop stores, for good reason

A zoomed-in image of the bowl of the Zeroll ice cream scoop, alongside an image of the ice cream scoop taking vanilla ice cream


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The handle is also carefully designed. Not only is the Zeroll comfortable to use for both left and right-handed users, the handle contains a heat-conducting liquid that absorbs your body heat to help soften the ice cream. This innovation, plus the old trick of running the spoon under hot water, makes quick work of frozen pints.

I got perfectly rounded scoops of frozen solid ice cream.

We’ve all brought a knife in a jar of solid Rocky Road out of frustration, resulting in random clumps of ice cream in your cup. The Zeroll gives you a round scoop that fits perfectly in a cone or bowl, allowing you to stack flavors to create the perfect sundae. Ice cream slides right off the scoop, even when flavors include sticky caramel or marshmallow swirls.

Insider’s Takeaways

I’m hesitant when it comes to recommending single-use cookware, but as an ice cream lover, I’m sold on the Zeroll scoop. The smart and simple design makes it worthy of a place in your kitchen this summer.

Advantages: Scoops hard ice cream easier than a spoon, makes rounded balls

The inconvenients: Not dishwasher safe

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