Consumer Report: Best ice cream scooper

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - What's better than ice cream? Someone else scooping it for you, of course!

That's because ice cream can be downright hard to scoop. Take-home ice cream sales account for nearly 70 percent of all the ice cream sold in the United States, so that means many of us could use a good ice cream scoop.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart tried out four ice cream scoops to see if they can help make "scooping" easier.

There was the Oxo Good Grips scoop with a lever. And the Anti-Freeze Scoop from Crate and Barrel. Also this Zeroll Original TubMate Spade and an electric ice cream scoop from Deni.

Tester Linda Greene tasked panelists with the job of scooping out ice cream -really dense ice cream.

Panelists appreciated the lever on Oxo's scoop, but that was about it.

"That one didn't get into the ice cream easy," tester, Mike Visconti said.

Crate and Barrel's scoop looks like a traditional scoop, but the handle is filled with liquid, which apparently your hand is supposed to warm and hopefully make the ice cream easier to scoop.

"It required a lot of force but it made great scoops when it actually got the ice cream out," tester, Sara Brown said.

The Paddle scoop from Zerroll got the job done, but it's a bit large for pint-sized containers. Turns out the electric ice cream scoop was the easiest to use, but it was also the priciest at $33.

It's kind of big, and some panelists found the electric cord cumbersome. So while there were no clear winners, Consumer Reports says don't let that stop you! No matter which scoop you use, it's the ice cream that really matters! Consumer Reports latest tests of chocolate and vanilla ice cream found Haagen Daz and Ben and Jerry's still rule! And tests of of butter pecan ice cream revealed a bargain buy---Walmart's Great Value Butter Pecan.