Picnic Helper: Insulated Ice Cream Pint Container

One of our favorite summer desserts is ice cream. Homemade ice cream is always a hit at parties and picnics; that peanut-butter-chocolate-cracker version was the life of the party on the 4th of July. But some picnics and other parties make ice cream difficult; are you really going to tote an entire cooler out to the park just so you can have ice cream? Enter the insulated pint container.

These pints are insulated with a gel that is similar to the kind inside your ice cream maker bowl. You freeze the container until it's frosty, then fill it up with homemade or storebought ice cream. It will keep the ice cream firm for at least an hour and a half, which should be enough time to get to the park and to dessert-time.

We really like these, since you can also use them for just storing homemade ice cream leftovers; they're definitely not a summer-only gadget.

But we're curious: have you used these insulated pints? Do they work as advertised?

Here are a few sources for these pints, in different colors:

Insulated Pint Tubs, Orange and Green, $12.95 at Solutions
Ice Cream Pint Tub, White, $9.95 at Crate & Barrel
Insulated Ice Cream Tub, Blue, $12.99 at Chef Central

Related: 2 Quarts! New Cuisinart Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker

(Image: Solutions)

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