1) Wilton Ice Cream Scoop
(The scoop: Large and oblong)
UPSIDE Pointed ends for easy scooping; rubber pads on handle for no-slip grip.
DOWNSIDE Handwashable only.
2) Lehman's Ice Cream Spade
(The scoop: Misshapen chunks)
UPSIDE Beveled edge for breaking through extra-hard ice cream and for scraping granitas.
DOWNSIDE Wooden handle may splinter.
3) Zeroll Zerolon Ice Cream Scoop
(The scoop: Smooth, perfect spheres)
UPSIDE Contains defrosting liquid; nonstick Teflon coating.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; handwashable only.
4) OXO Good Grips Ice Cream Scoop "Lever"
(The scoop: Small, perfectly round)
UPSIDE Lever is user-friendly for right- and left-handers; rubber handle for no-slip grip; dishwasher safe.
DOWNSIDE Not effective on extra-hard ice cream.
5) Cuisinart Ice Cream Scoop
(The scoop: Large, rough spheres)
UPSIDE Ridged ergonomic handle; dishwasher safe.
DOWNSIDE Too large for pint containers.
USE YOUR ICE CREAM SCOOP FOR THIS RECIPE
*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in June 2007.