We eat a lot of ice cream. A LOT. And we like to think we're pretty good at it. You know how they say that practice makes perfect? Well, we've been practicing every day for almost 40 years. Every. Single. Day. (And we've never complained once.)
Even so, it turns out there's a lot we don't know about our favourite subject: how to get the ice cream we love so very much into our faces.
Take a look at these sweet life-enhancing tricks and prepare to take your ice cream eating to the next level...
Item number 1
Free Your Tub
Do you love ice cream sandwiches? OK, listen: Grab a tub, get hold of a knife, and cut that pint into circular slices. Because you're obviously a dessert pro, you already have some delicious cookies ready to go. Do you really need us to tell you what happens next?
Item number 2
Plug the Leak
Sugar cones and waffle cones: we all love them, and we all have to deal with the inevitable drip drip drip of ice cream out of the tiny hole in the bottom. Solution: Put a li'l marshmallow down there to seal it off. Goodbye, drips!
Item number 3
Cut to the Chase
Picture it: you and a friend eyeing the last tub in the freezer. You COULD dig in and methodically and dutifully deposit an equal number of scoops in each of your bowls. OR you could cut that tub right down the middle lengthwise. Instant gratification.
Item number 4
No More Messes
No one enjoys ice cream cones more than kids. And by "enjoys", we mean "leaves a trail of melting ice cream all over the house and every precious thing in it." All you have to do is punch a hole in a little paper plate, insert the cone, and put your cleaning supplies away.
Item number 5
Plan Like a Pro
There's nothing quite as pulse-quickening as a table full of ice cream crazed kids wearing pointy party hats. But don't panic. This birthday party will NOT descend into hangry chaos. Why? Because you pre-scooped the ice cream last night! Go get that muffin tin full of perfect scoops from the freezer and do a victory lap.
Item number 6
Scooping is an Artform
Another tip: ice cream is warmer around the edges and colder in the middle, so... start scooping at the edge. Simple, sure, but it makes a big difference.
Item number 7
It's Getting Hot in Here
Tired of spraining your wrist trying to chisel a scoop out of an exceptionally frozen tub? Run your scooper under the hot tap for a moment, shake off excess water, and scoop with confidence and ease.
Item number 8
If you want to avoid the problem of hard ice cream altogether, seal your tub in an airtight plastic bag before popping it in the freezer. Now you'll have soft serve ice cream every time you want it.
Item number 9
Flip You For It
Freezer burn may be your ice cream's worst foe. Spare yourself from experiencing this culinary catastrophe: store your tub upside down somewhere deep in the freezer (never in the door). Of course, the other popular way to beat the burn is... eat the whole tub!
Item number 10
Turn That Frown Upside Down
Normally, coming to the end of a jar of hazelnut spread or peanut butter is a sad occasion where you lament the close of what had been a beautiful and productive relationship. Well, wipe your tears. Because what happens if you drop a few scoops of ice cream into those nearly empty jars? Magic. Magic is what happens.
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