Ice Cream Tips
I scream, you scream we all screa for ice cream. Who doesn't love ice cream? I am sure some people don't but most people love it. Ice cream however, has its downfalls. It can be messy to eat, and sometimes it is just too hard to scoop. I worked at a snack shop years ago and we sold ice cream sundaes and shakes and on a busy night my arms would be so sore from having to dish out ice cream that was solid. Here are some tips to make eating ice cream less messy, less hard to scoop, and more enjoyable over all.
Avoid Messy Sugar Cone Drips: Sometimes when you use a sugar cone there might be a hole or a crack in the bottom of it that you won't notice until the ice cream is literally dripping on your pants. To avoid being dripped on from a broken cone simply droop a mini marshmallow in to the bottom of the cone before filling it with ice cream. It will plug up any breaks or cracks on the bottom of the cone. It will also give you a nice chewy treat when your ice cream is all gone.
When feeding ice cream cones to children wrap the cone in aluminum foil, don't bring the foil all the way to the top, Wrap it up till about 2 inches from the top. Then fold the foil down to form a shield to catch the drips. Keep an eye on them as the cone goes down to help them peel down the foil so that they don't bite in to it.
Ice Cream that is too hard: If you want some ice cream and don't have time to wait for it to soften before scooping there are a few solutions.
Solution 1: If you are having a party or gathering and you know all the ice cream will be consumed and you need to serve everyone in a hurry instead of using a scoop, cut away the carton, place the ice cream on a cutting board and cut the ice cream with a good large knife. You can cut slices for everyone, and you can cut the slices in half if you like.
Solution 2: If you are eating ice cream at home and it is too hard to scoop and you don't want to wait pop the carton in to the microwave for 30 seconds. Don't keep it in there any longer thant that though.
Solution 3: You can do what some ice cream parlours do. Run the scoop under really hot tap water, then scoop. Repeat as necessary.
If you know you will be serving several ice cream cones later in the evening you can scoop them all ahead of time and place them in cones. Then wrap the cones in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. Then at serving time you can just serve everyone without making every one wait while you scoop. Don't do it more than a few hours in advance though.