Ice Cream Scoops
For the perfect ice cream cone, you need to employ a good ice cream scoop. We find out which can spoon out a winning sundae.
The most common scoop materials are aluminum, plastic and stainless steel.
Hold it in your hand to feel how comfortable (or uncomfortable) it may be to use. Pay special attention to whether the handle has a good grip and feels comfortable in your hand.
Levered scoops might seem helpful at getting the ice cream out, but they often tend to stick. They’re also usually made for right-handed people.
We took over a gelato parlour and tested these scoops while serving a big line-up of demanding kids.
The Al de Chef, OXO and Hoffritz levered scoops got stuck quite often and didn’t always dispense a perfect scoop.
The Good Cook plastic scoop had a winning shape and design, but the ice cream just didn’t come out and we were left with a gooey mess.
The Zeroll has self-defrosting fluid in the handle, which helped keep the ice cream from sticking.
OUR TOP PICK
The Zeroll (aluminum, self-defrosting) is the type the pros use and was by far the best scoop.