Whether you’re making an ice cream cone or scooping it to create an ice cream pie, the key to easy scooping is water. Have a bowl of hot water handy, and dip your ice cream scoop in it before each scoop of ice cream.
Next, skip the instinct to start at the center of the container. Scoop ice cream from the edges. It will soften there first, making it even easier to scoop.
Although you want easy access to your ice cream, don’t store it on the door. The temperature fluctuates too much, which results in melted ice cream and the dreaded ice crystals.
Now that you have ice cream that’s free of ice crystals and easy to scoop, let’s talk about serving it.
If you’re going with the traditional ice cream cone, we have a hint for sugar cones. Place a mini marshmallow in the base of the cone to prevent dripping.
If you’re craving a milkshake, we have a tip for you. After you’ve place 3 or 4 scoops of ice cream in your blender, let it sit for a couple minutes to soften before you add milk. Softer ice cream will blend better, meaning you need less milk, and end up with a thicker milkshake.
Finally, if you’re going all out with a sundae bar, be sure to have an assortment of flavors. While many people adore chocolate, it’s a good idea to offer a non-chocolate topping. Also offering some fresh fruit will be appreciated by those who are trying to be healthier.