Ice Cream Scoops

From America's Test Kitchen Season 11: All-American Fruit Desserts

Overview:

Even badly designed ice cream scoops do the job—but they make you work much harder than necessary with their uncomfortable handles, thick edges that can’t penetrate hard-frozen surfaces, bowls that won’t release the ice cream, or scoop sizes that won’t fit in an ordinary cone. To find the perfect dipper, we scooped up six models, both traditional and innovative, plus our favorite portion scoop.

We quickly eliminated three models, including the dwarf-sized model— concluding that nobody needs a scoop that stands upright—besides, ice cream clung to its plastic bowl, then dripped all over the counter. A second, untraditional model sported a comfortable, bicycle grip-style handle, but its big blunt teeth marred even hard-packed ice cream. The beak-nosed contestant rolled gawky, pointed scoops, as did the elongated scoop on another model.

The three remaining models, including a sleeker update of our previous favorite, scooped capably and easily, but the “perfect,” “camera-ready” orbs made by our winner impressed us most—especially… read more

Even badly designed ice cream scoops do the job—but they make you work much harder than necessary with their uncomfortable handles, thick edges that can’t penetrate hard-frozen surfaces, bowls that won’t release the ice cream, or scoop sizes that won’t fit in an ordinary cone. To find the perfect dipper, we scooped up six models, both traditional and innovative, plus our favorite portion scoop.

We quickly eliminated three models, including the dwarf-sized model— concluding that nobody needs a scoop that stands upright—besides, ice cream clung to its plastic bowl, then dripped all over the counter. A second, untraditional model sported a comfortable, bicycle grip-style handle, but its big blunt teeth marred even hard-packed ice cream. The beak-nosed contestant rolled gawky, pointed scoops, as did the elongated scoop on another model.

The three remaining models, including a sleeker update of our previous favorite, scooped capably and easily, but the “perfect,” “camera-ready” orbs made by our winner impressed us most—especially when it came to loading up a brittle sugar cone.

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