Want to know how to make homemade ice cream without getting hot under the collar? We have the scoop on the best kitchen gadgets to keep you cool all summer.
Chef'n Sweet Spot ice cream maker
For that instant ice cream fix, try this clever gizmo. Mix up your ingredients in a jug, pour half a cup on the surface of the pre-frozen dish, wait 10-15 seconds, then start mixing to make super quick ice cream. Blend in sprinkles, sweets or chocolate chips and you’ve got your own ‘marble slab’ ice cream parlour experience. (£55) Buy from Dexam
Andrew James ice cream maker
This ice cream maker is fantastic value but not only that, slotting it together is super easy which makes it simple to use and clean. It produces 1.5 litres of ice cream yet is compact enough to keep at the ready in the freezer thanks to a removable freezer bowl. We loved the colour choices too: white, red or turquoise. (£24.99) Buy from Andrew James
Lakeland frozen dessert maker
A revelation for the health-conscious, this machine makes ‘ice cream’ and sorbet from frozen fruit. We tried frozen ripe banana and the taste and texture made it hard to believe that this pud wasn’t packed with double cream and sugar. Frozen berries created a more sorbet-like consistency. Simply freeze the fruit, leave it out for a few minutes then churn it through the grinder for a real treat that’s ready in a flash. (£34.99) Buy from Lakeland
Cuisipro snap-fit rocket pop moulds
These cute little lolly makers can be layered up with soft ice cream and refrozen for maximum effect or simply add a little juice for a no-fuss iced treat. They stand up in the freezer easily and the snap-fit design means you can do as few or as many as you want. We liked the hidden spaceman on the stick, only to be discovered once you’ve eaten your lolly. Perfect for kids! (£9.99) Buy from Divertimenti
BergHOFF ice cream scoop
Oh, the horror when you just can’t wait to get stuck into your ice cream, but it's rock solid! You risk damaging your kitchen spoons, however this solid one-piece scoop with a pretty retro-coloured, comfortable handle does the job. It digs in with ease and creates a neat ball, even when faced with a particularly solid mass. (£11.66) Buy from Amazon
Gourmet Gadgetry vintage ice cream cone & waffle maker
Surely making the cone is a step too far? Not when it can be ready in a couple of minutes. All you need to do is combine a few basic ingredients (flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and vanilla), spoon on and this nifty gadget produces beautiful, old-fashioned waffles in no time. Shape them around the roller and you’ve got fresh cones for serving your homemade ice cream. Impressive. (£17.99) Buy from Amazon
OXO Good Grips ice cream scoop
We’re not fans of overly complicated ice cream scoops, but OXO Good Grips can always be relied on for sturdy, practical utensils. This ice cream scoop doesn’t disappoint, producing a lovely ball of the sweet stuff that’s easy to release. It also comes in handy when serving up that perfectly round scoop to accompany desserts at dinner parties. (£10) Buy from Debenhams
Villeroy & Boch La Classica ice cream spoon
If you take your ice cream seriously then a dedicated ice cream spoon isn’t a luxury too far. This beautiful stainless steel utensil from Villeroy & Boch has that satisfying ice cream parlour shape, ideal for shovelling in your favourite flavour but with much better eco credentials than its disposable counterpart. Consider carrying it with you on your next visit! (£10.90) Buy from Villeroy & Boch
Becky Broome ice cream cornet cup
Evoke memories of your childhood with this gorgeous glass shaped like an ice cream cornet – perfect for serving scoops of homemade ice cream, or a milkshake with a striped paper straw. It comes beautifully gift-wrapped so makes a fun and frivolous gift for a friend, or treat yourself to a set for summer parties. (£5.50) Buy from notonthehighstreet.com
Unicorn mix sprinkletti
No ice cream is complete without some sprinkles for the finishing touch and this sprinkletti is bang on trend. We’ve gone a little unicorn food crazy here at Good Food, so as a gift to ourselves we’ll be brightening up our ice cream bowls with this edible confetti. Sweet! (£3.95) Buy from Squires
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