Labor Day is just around the corner and summer is coming to a close — for some of us at least. It's still plenty warm in Texas, and will be for a while just yet. Any-hoo, it’s time to gear up for the holiday weekend with some tasty ice cream treats. Ice cream truly is Summer's dessert. For this reason, let the last taste of summer be the first taste of fall. Good ice cream is easy to come by, but great ice cream? That’s an entirely different beast. Whether you’re scooping a creamy batch you made yourself or diving into a packaged pint of the premium stuff, here are a few tools that will help you, your family and friends enjoy the ultimate ice cream-eating experience.
This self-refrigerating model makes continuous batches of creamy, dense, smooth ice cream, without the need to freeze a canister. The ice cream is firm enough to eat right away, and the second batch comes out faster and even smoother than the first. Simple and east-to-use, the timer can be set for up to 60 minutes for walk-away convenience. Canister and blade are removable for easy cleaning. $199.99.
The Ice Cream Tubbie neatly fits a 1-pint container of ice cream and keeps ice cream frozen for 90-plus minutes. Perfect for picnics or listening to summer concerts in the park. $9.99.
Whynter SNÖ Professional Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet MakerThis great ice cream maker rivaled the smooth texture that the Whynter SNÖ Professional Ice Cream Maker produced, but was $150.00 cheaper! Though a bit noisier, it is simple to use and one of the most compact models on the market. True, its canister must be frozen before each use — but given its modest price, you can hardly go wrong. $49.99.
Chef's Choice 838 Waffle Cone ExpressThis easy-to-use machine quickly makes perfect, evenly golden-brown waffle cones! A color-control knob lets you set your preferred browning level, nonstick plates release smoothly, and cleanup is simple, aided by an overflow channel that contains messes. It’s solidly built and gives the ice cream enthusiasts consistently good results. $49.99.
Maverick Cold-Chek Digital Refrigerator/Freezer ThermometerHave you ever gone to the freezer and pulled out your favorite ice cream only to find it's either frozen too hard, or worse yet not enough? This product solves that problem for you! Its clear digital display and simultaneous freezer/refrigerator readings are worth the purchase. $19.99.
Zak! Designs Ice Cream Tubbie
Rösle Ice Cream Scoop
Retro Aluminum Ice Cream Bowls Set
These aluminum ice cream bowls are just plain cool. They’re admittedly retro, and remind me of something my grandmother used to have in her cupboard, along with the matching aluminum cups, of course. Fun and versatile, this set includes a rainbow of brightly colored footed bowls perfect for serving ice cream, sorbet and fruit. Made of sturdy, non-breakable anodized aluminum. $19.99.
Even though ice cream season never ends, make the most of what's left of summer and the Labor Day weekend. No matter how nostalgic and familiar ice cream can be in the summertime, there’s always a new way to make the old-time treat into a new sensation any time of year.