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An ice cream scoop allows you to transfer your ice cream smoothly, in the desired shape and size, from the package into your bowl. There are various ways you can creatively design your ice cream.

Ice cream scoopers can do much more than just take ice cream out of the package. With the right tool, you can add fruit, batter or yoghurt to your ice cream. If you like to eat ice cream often, it is worth buying one. But you need to be properly informed beforehand.

Welcome to our ice cream scoop guide. Here we want to help you find your ice cream scoop. First of all, we will present you with some criteria that can simplify your search for an ice cream scoop. We have also put together a guide to help you clarify any questions you may have in advance.

Among other things, we introduce you to the different types of ice cream scoop and tell you where you can buy this device. We leave it up to you to decide which one you prefer in the end. Have fun reading.




Summary

  • The ice cream scoop is a universal kitchen utensil that can be used in a wide variety of areas. It can be used not only for ice cream, but also for fruit, biscuit dough or meatballs.
  • The portioner is usually made of stainless steel or plastic and is therefore easy to hold. Some of the devices have a coating that prevents the ice cream from sticking to the spoon.
  • Either a portioner consists of one part or has a separate handle with whose lifting mechanism the ice cream can be formed into a ball and elegantly portioned into a bowl, dish or wafer.

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Ice cream scoop: buying and evaluation criteria

There are many different possibilities where you can buy an ice cream scoop and according to which criteria you can decide for or against a purchase. To make your decision a little easier, we have put together the following criteria for you to choose an ice cream scoop. These are:

In the following paragraphs, we explain the criteria in more detail.

Material

An ice cream scoop is usually made of stainless steel. Occasionally, the products can also be made of zinc, aluminium or plastic. Stainless steel is not particularly heavy and requires less care. Aluminium is even lighter and also easy to clean.

Another indication of a good ice cream scoop is the mechanism for detaching the scoop.

This makes the work easier. There is the lever mechanism, where a small lever pushes the ice cream out of the spoon, or an ice cream scoop with a release mechanism and pincer grip.

Size and weight

An ice cream scoop can usually produce scoops between four and six centimetres in size. Ice cream scoopers are not particularly heavy and can be held and operated with one hand.

The device is usually between 18 and 25 centimetres long. Since ice cream scoopers are not particularly heavy, they can be easily operated from the wrist.

Handle

Since the ice cream can sometimes get very hard and it might be difficult to scrape the ice cream out of the wrapper, an ice cream scoop with an ergonomic handle is a worthwhile investment.

A rubber coating on the handle can also support and strengthen the work and handling.

The pincer grip provides elasticity with the reinforced spring and can be especially helpful when the scoop is used in short succession.

Ice cream scoop: Frequently asked questions and answers

In this section we have put together a guide to help you make the right decision. The questions listed here are designed to help you learn more about ice cream scoopers and find your ice cream scoop.

What is an ice cream scoop?

As the name suggests, it is designed to help you portion ice cream scoops into the right size for you. They have a spherical end in different sizes and a handle that is usually made of plastic or stainless steel.

Ice cream scoops form the ice cream into the familiar shape. There are many different types of ice cream scoop. Most are made of durable stainless steel (photo source: Krisztina Papp on Unsplash).

The portioners are usually sturdy in order to bring the ice cream into the right shape. In addition, the devices can be used to shape fruits such as watermelon into a ball shape. But the portioner can also be used for baking. Small balls for muffins or biscuits can be placed on a tray or in a mould.

What types of ice cream scoop are there?

There are different types of ice cream scoopers. Essentially, the portioners differ in whether or not there is a mechanism for detaching the ball.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Pincer-type ice-cream scoop spoon with pincer-shaped handle and metal band in the scoop, ejection mechanism for scoops, easy to clean little force required to push apart
Ice-cream dipper sturdy spoon with flattened round edge in the front area, particularly easy to clean usually no ejection mechanism
Ice-cream scoop with lever mechanism spoon with lever and tongue in the spoon bowl, easy to detach the scoop difficult to clean

Although some scoopers do not have a lever mechanism, they are usually covered with a non-stick coating so that the scoops do not stick.

How much does an ice cream scoop cost?

The prices of ice cream scoopers can vary. Depending on the material used or the features of the device, an ice cream scoop can cost between 8 and 30 euros.

If you are looking for an ice cream scoop for home use, a device costing between 10 and 15 euros is sufficient.

Ice cream scoopers with a lever mechanism are usually more expensive than ice cream scoopers without this function. The following table should help you to compare the prices and the corresponding material:

Material price
Plastic up to 10 euros
Zinc between 6 and 20 euros
Stainless steel between 10 and 25 euros
Aluminium between 10 and 40 euros

Now you have an overview of the different costs of the respective ice-cream scoop and can choose the material and price that suits you.

Who is an ice cream scoop suitable for?

An ice cream scoop is suitable for everyone. It doesn't matter whether the ice cream scoop is used professionally in a restaurant or at home. Because it is easy to use, easy to clean and light in weight, it can be used by anyone.

With the help of an ice cream scoop, you can give your ice cream the round, characteristic shape and portion it tastily into a bowl or dish. (Image source: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash).

However, the different types can make it easier to work with. You should consider what you want to do with the portioner and in which areas it will be used. Depending on the nature of the material, different types can make your work easier and simpler.

What alternatives are there to the ice cream scoop?

The ice cream scoop is by far the most suitable choice to get the ice cream out of the packaging in a spherical form. However, there are alternatives you can come back to.

In order to give you an overview of which other devices you can use to shape ice cream into a bowl or cup, we have created the following table for you:

Type Description
Tablespoon With the right spoon, you can carefully try to dig out a round shape and place the ice in your container. You can use different sized spoons depending on the hardness of the ice cream and the size of the container.
Cookie moulds Cookie moulds are a very creative idea. You'll have to hurry to eat them before they melt, but at least you'll get fancy shapes.
Cups or egg cups If you're really short on cutlery, round coffee cups or egg cups can help you get the ice cream into at least an approximate shape.

How do I clean an ice cream scoop?

Most ice cream scoops are dishwasher safe and therefore easy to clean. If you use an ice-cream scoop many times in a row, you can also clean it in a warm water bath and reuse it.

As a rule, ice-cream scoopers are dishwasher-safe.

In the catering trade, there are extra washing stations for ice-cream scoops. The ice-cream scoops can be immersed there again and again and cleaned thoroughly.

However, a simple combination of washing-up liquid and water can also be sufficient. An ice-cream scoop should be cleaned thoroughly because bacteria can form, especially with milk ice cream.

Conclusion

With the help of an ice cream scoop, different types of ice cream can be scooped out of the packaging or the ice cream compartment in a wide variety of states. Ice cream scoopers can be used in the catering sector as well as at home.

To ensure that the ice cream scoop lasts a long time, it should be particularly robust and stable. For this purpose, there are different materials such as plastic, aluminium or stainless steel. At the same time, it is important that the scoop fits well in the hand.

The various mechanisms can help to make working as comfortable as possible. For example, scoopers with a lever mechanism or a pincer grip with a spring make for comfortable work. The ice cream scoop can therefore be used universally and various foods can be shaped into a ball-like form. In addition, some ice-cream scoopers are coated and can, for example, easily release the ice cream from the mould.

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