Zeroll Is the King of Ice Cream Scoops

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Have ice cream — will scoop. But with what? The king of all ice cream scoops, according to many, many cooks, is the classic Zeroll scoop.

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(Image credit: Williams-Sonoma)

We’ve recommended this scoop several times and we stick by it.

This scoop was designed by Sherman L. Kelly in the 1930s. He designed the scoop out of aluminum, with a pleasingly ergonomic form. But that wasn’t its only trick:

Kelly’s design improved ergonomics, but had another benefit as well: because the scoop melted through the ice cream, it did not compact it. This enabled shop owners to gain 10 to 20 percent more servings out of a tub – a useful advantage during the economic depression of the time.

That’s a quote from a fascinating piece about the development of this ice cream scoop. You can read more about the history of the scoop and the inventor here:

Do you have one of these ice cream scoops? What do you think of it?

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