Our Favorite Ice Cream Tools

From a container perfect for transporting homemade ice cream to fast-freezing popsicle molds, these are some of our favorite ice cream-related finds.

Waffle Cone Maker

This at-home version of a scoop shop-style waffle press is extremely easy to use: Once you've mixed the batter, the whole process takes less than two minutes, and fills your kitchen with the tempting smell of caramelized sugar. If you want to get really authentic, a cone holder/ cooling rack is available as a separate purchase, but the shape holds up just fine if you let the hot cones cool on a regular wire rack. Chef's Choice Waffle Cone Express Ice Cream Cone Maker, $44.54 at Amazon.com

Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

The pointed tip of this heavy-duty scoop carves into even a too-frozen pint with ease, its flat sides get into all the nooks and crannies of the ice cream container, and its heftiness ensures that the scoop—and not your wrist—is doing all the work. OXO GoodGrips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop, $14.99 at Amazon.com

Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds

While it takes no time to dream up flavor combinations, trying to freeze a boozy blend in time for an after-dinner (or afternoon) treat can become frustrating. Onyx's stainless steel ice pop molds help the process along: The steel molds get very cold very fast, giving you an icy treat in as little as 3 hours. Onyx Stainless Steel Ice Pop Molds, $39.95 at Amazon.com

Tovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds

These ice pop molds, made of BPA-free plastic, offer a fun, summery alternative to traditional molds, shaped into a faux swirly soft-serve design with handles that mimic ice cream cones. The twist-on lids make it easy to freeze mixtures in the base, and pop out frozen treats whenever a craving strikes. Skip the recommended ¼" headspace when filling the mold—it looks more authentic and tastes better that way. Tovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds, $9.24 at Amazon.com

Insulated Ice Cream Tub

We generally go with reusable plastic or glass storage containers to store homemade ice cream, but for bringing a pint to a dinner party or on a picnic, it's nice to have a more streamlined container—not to mention one that helps keep a frozen treat frozen. This smooth, sleek little pint container from Zak! is just right: it's compact in size, insulated for both even freezing and slow thawing, and lovely to look at. Since most ice cream recipes make enough to fill a quart, it makes sense to get two. Zak! Insulated Ice Cream Tub, Pint Size, $11.99 and up at Amazon.com

Automatic Ice Cream Maker

There's nothing fancy here, just one switch to turn it on and off, and a well-insulated base which stays nice and cold and freezes the ice cream perfectly and evenly in just half an hour. Plus, the simple design makes it super easy to clean. Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker, $89.95 at Amazon.com

Metal Ice Cream Scoop

Zyliss's ergonomically-handled version has a lovely heft to it and eschews any clumsy spring action, yet it costs about half the price. The Zyliss scoop cuts into ice cream like a trowel, while simultaneously gliding effortlessly through on a subtle, curved path. The result is a generous, easy scoop that, for better or worse, makes us want to eat ice cream a little more often. Zyliss Metal Ice Cream Scoop, $8.55 at Amazon.com

Norpro Ice Pop Maker

We love this sturdy industrial-strength popsicle mold, which makes a party-friendly 10 pops at a time. Fruit juice, flavored milks, mocktails, cocktails—the more pops the better, especially on hot summer days. Norpro Ice Pop Maker, $14.65 at Amazon.comTim Mazurek