The scoop on ice cream scoops

Consumer Reports News: July 04, 2013 10:08 AM

Perhaps equal to how much we love ice cream is how much we hate scooping it. Tackling ice cream straight out of the freezer isn't an easy task. Our testers tried four different scoopers on dense ice cream and found that, unfortunately, there was no clear winner. Here are the four types that were tested:

Antifreeze design. It's claimed that the heat from your hand warms the fluid in the handle for easy scooping. Our testers said it took a lot of force to make nice round scoops.

Lever. The lever-release button ejected nice rounded scoops. But testers said it was hard to penetrate the ice cream or found it a little hard on the wrist.

Antifreeze paddle. It scooped slices or wedges instead of balls. Testers said it might be better for adding mix-ins or scooping from large containers instead of pint-sized ones.

Electric. The easiest to use, it heated up quickly and made scooping effortless. But it melted the edges of the ice cream a bit, the cord got in the way, and it's a pain to clean.

Editor's note: A version of this story first appeared in ShopSmart Magazine

--Ciara Rafferty

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