The Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop is the official ice cream scoop of the famous Penn State Creamery, and it's also on display at the Museum of Modern Art. This scoop was patented in 1933 and has been sold since 1935, yet it still earns respect from most professional reviewers and owners. The Zeroll Original ice cream scooper is crafted of high-grade aluminum, and its handle is filled with a self-warming liquid similar to antifreeze that is activated by the warmth of your hand. Reviewers say the Zeroll Original cuts smoothly through the hardest of ice creams, although opinions are split on the appearance of the resulting ice cream scoops. Most owners are pleased with the shape of the final scoops, but we found one professional review indicating that the scoops are more oblong than round. The most common complaint we found is that the Zeroll Original is not dishwasher-safe, and its aluminum surface becomes easily discolored with water spots. It's also expensive for a kitchen gadget. If you're looking for a cheaper scoop that's just as effective on frozen-solid ice cream, consider the Copco Ultimate Polished Ice Cream Scoop (*Est. $10), which has a knife-like edge on one side for easy scooping.
Cook's Illustrated magazine and the Los Angeles Times both offer professional reviews of the Zeroll Original ice cream scooper, comparing it against six other models. KitchenDaily.com provides a less thorough review of four models, including the Zeroll Original. The-Ice-Cream-Maker.com recommends its favorite ice cream scoopers in various categories, and owner opinions found on Amazon.com and Williams-Sonoma.com round out the overall opinion on the Zeroll Original.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine test seven ice cream scoopers in terms of ease of use and the appearance of the resulting ice cream scoops.
Review: Ice Cream Scoops, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, July 1, 2008
2. Los Angeles Times
Author Emily Dwass tests seven ice cream scoopers in this article. Since the article is a few years old, a few of the tested models are no longer available. Discussion of the remaining models is useful. The author says she had difficulty producing round scoops with the Zeroll ice cream scoop and notes that its aluminum surface is easily tarnished and scratched.
Review: Today's Best Ice Cream Scoops, Emily Dwass, Aug. 1, 2007
Jane Lear examines four ice cream scoopers in this brief review, and it's clear that she personally tested each model. Of the four ice cream scoops tested, the Zeroll Original is her favorite.
Review: Choosing the Best Ice Cream Scoop, Jane Lear, Not Dated
About 40 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.6 stars (out of a possible 5). A few recent reviews say the Zeroll is difficult to use, but the majority of reviewers posting here are thrilled with the Zeroll ice cream scoop, saying it cuts smoothly through the hardest of ice cream with ease, although there are numerous complaints that it's not dishwasher-safe.
Review: Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop, Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com
Fewer than 20 owners contribute to a 5-star average rating. Reviewers say the Zeroll ice cream scoop works flawlessly to scoop hard frozen ice cream, but there are several complaints that it can't be placed in the dishwasher.
Review: Zeroll Original 2-Ounce Zeroll Aluminum Scoop, Contributors to Amazon.com
This website includes reviews for a multitude of ice cream makers as well as dozens of recipes for home-made ice cream. A total of seven ice cream scoopers are covered, including favorites in self-warming, mechanical and basic scoops.
Review: The Best Ice Cream Scoop: Ice Cream Scoops Reviewed, Editors of The-Ice-Cream-Maker.com, Not Dated