I have a couple ice cream scoops that I use for everyday. And a bunch that I got for testing when I did research when writing my ice cream book, The New Scoop: Recipes for Dairy-Free, Vegan Ice Cream in Unusual Flavors (Plus Some Old Favorites.)
I’ve tried the ones with anti-freezing agent in the handle, the type with the little rounded arm that pushes the ice cream out, and the plain old rounded scoop type. But the problem with the rounded type is that the ice cream tends to get stuck inside it, and I have to use a finger to pry the scoop out.
The ones with the bar work better for pushing the ice cream out, but they don’t make scooping very easy.
When I heard about this ice cream scoop, OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop, I had to try it. It’s made by Oxo, a company that quickly earned fans when they came onto the scene with kitchen gadgets that had ergonomic handles. Their products have thick, heavy, padded black handles that are easier to grip and easier to use.
That means especially as you get older, or for people with arthritis or other joint or dexterity issues, these products are a godsend. They make doing things for yourself so much easier.
So how does this ice cream scoop stack up?
The handle is comfortable and heavy, with a black, rubber-like material over a thick handle. It’s not soft and giving, but it fits comfortably in the hand. The handle is not a round piece of metal, like many other scoops, but is more like a flattened rectangle. So you get some good leverage when you are scooping.
And the handle is larger than most handles. That means you don’t have to squeeze so hard to maintain your grip on it. The black rubber grip also means your hand isn’t slipping, which happens with plain metal or plastic handles, especially after you’ve just picked up the tub of ice cream with condensation on the outside, which makes your hand wet.
The handle has a hole in the end, so you can hang it up, if you like.
Strength and Durability
The scoop itself is heavy duty stainless steel, so it seems unlikely to break if you dropped it on the floor, which is a problem with other metal scoops.
I weighed it at 8.2 ounces, or 232 grams. That’s a half a pound! A very hefty scoop. The weight should only be a problem if you’re using it long term, I think. But most people will use their ice cream scoop for only a few minutes at a time, maximum.
Ease of Scooping Hard Ice Cream
The scoop itself has a pointed (but not sharp) tip, and the manufacturer’s copy says it is to cut into the ice cream easily and scoop it.
But when I tried it with ice cream straight out of the freezer, it did not do any better job than any other scoop I’ve used. You will still need to temper your ice cream before scooping it.
(Tempering means letting your ice cream soften a bit. You can do this by leaving it out on the counter a couple minutes before you serve it, or by warming it (carefully!) in the microwave a few seconds, to soften it. Complete directions are in my book.)
Ease of Scooping Soft Ice Cream
I was surprised that this actually did scoop so well. I just scraped it along the top of the ice cream, and it formed lovely rounded mounds. It totally reminded me of when you go to an ice cream shop and they use the paddle and get those nice, big scoops. These are a bit smaller, though.
Removing the Ice Cream from the Scoop
Hurray! The ice cream fell out all by itself, with no problems whatsoever. Again, I was happily surprised, since there are no serrated edges, facets, or anything visible that would seem to make that happen.
So what do I think? I love this ice cream scoop!
If you have a scoop and don’t like it, or haven’t got one yet, get this one! I have zero complaints so far. And while I’ve only used it a couple times, I don’t foresee any problems with it, either.
If I do have complaints or anything further to add, I’ll come back and update this post.
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