Get the Scoop on the Coolest Ice Cream Gadgets Around
As you may have noticed, it's Ice Cream Week here at Brit. We've rounded up a dozen recipes from all over the web, as well as served up 3 ice cream (without an ice cream maker) recipes of our own. Today, we turn to gadgetry. Check out these 12 tools for making ice cream more fun, creative, and delicious, beyond the scoop. ;)
1. Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Maker ($15): Ice cream sandwiches, in miniature. Basically the cutest thing ever. And has loads of potential for mini ice cream cake towers, or non ice cream sandwiches.
2. Cone Maker ($50): It's a waffle maker, for cones! We'd love to try making all sorts of flavored cones, from sweet to savory. Yum!
3. Dippin Dots Frozen Dot Maker ($30): Dippin Dots at home! A lot of reviews neg this one as it doesn't involve the liquid nitrogen used to make legit dots. We've got one here at Brit HQ and will be trying it out tomorrow. Stay tuned.
4. Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball ($23): Have your ice cream, but exercise to get it made. This Play and Freeze is either ingenious or ridiculous. Rather than using any kind of machinery like your plug in ice cream maker, this ball simply needs to get kicked, shaked or passed around. Great for BBQs, picnics, camping trips, etc. And be sure to cue up "Shake, Rattle, and Roll."
5. Walrus Scoop ($15): I am the walrus (scoop)! Playful, useful, and your new best friend (or worst enemy?).
6. Scoop and Stack Ice Cream Scoop ($15): Ideal for classy dessert presentation, this scoop is also fun for making a super silly Jenga-esque tower of ice cream just for kicks.
7. 400 Spoon Straws ($10): It can be pretty annoying to get all that melty ice cream out at the bottom of the bowl. Lucky for you, there's a spoon straw made to do the trick. These are ideal for shakes but could also be fun for a cold summer soup.
9. Norpro Ice Cream Sandwich Maker ($5): And by sandwich maker, we mean… a box with two lids. All digs aside, this little doodad does help you form perfectly shaped ice cream sandwiches and only costs 5 bucks.
10. Motorized Ice Cream Cone ($9): Possibly the laziest gadget around, this motorized ice cream cone takes the tough task (tough?) of ice cream cone rotation out of your hands. Well, it's still in your hands but absolutely no effort is needed. We think this is on the too silly side, but love the colorful cones.
11. Soft Serve Machine ($87): Got 20 minutes and a craving for a Frosty? This little puppy'll churn out the good stuff, in no time at all. Fill it up with your favorite toppings and experiment with even healthier frozen yogurt recipes.
12. Vintage Snow Cone Cart ($185): Not only an amazing vintage decor piece, this snow cone cart turns your regular old ice cubes into perfectly shaved, fluffy snow. We love the idea of having one of these at the dessert table of a wedding or birthday party, or just casually keeping it next to the fridge in your kitchen.
And stay tuned for a riveting post on ice cream inspired decor and wearables! Ok, not a whole post. Just a bonus quartet of ice cream awesomeness and silliness we found while looking for gadgets.
1. Ice Cream Like Tee ($25): Facebook + Ice Cream? An obvious win at Brit HQ.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)