US Patent #2160023 [because ice cream is a pretty big deal]

In the Dixon house we take certain things very seriously: family dinner-time, being a kind person, doing your personal best...and...ice cream.  We love ice cream.  A lot. I actually think the priest worked the words "Ben & Jerry's" into our wedding ceremony somehow, come think of it.  And as with every aspect of our lives, design plays an important role.  

The Nuroll Ice Cream Scoop. US Patent #2160023. Toledo, Ohio

The Nuroll Ice Cream Scoop. US Patent #2160023. Toledo, Ohio

Our favorite way to scoop these days is with our Nuroll Ice Cream Scoop, patented in 1937; no moving parts, a single material (cast aluminum) with only the number "20" marked on the front.  One measures the size of an ice cream scoop by the number of "scoops per quart" and ours takes 20. 

Drawing of Alfred Cralle's design for the first patented ice cream scoop from 1897.

Drawing of Alfred Cralle's design for the first patented ice cream scoop from 1897.

This is not the first nor only ice cream scoop design.  Alfred Cralle, an African-American businessman from Pittsburgh, PA was known for inventing and patenting the first ice cream scoop in 1897.  Since then designers have continually tried to improve our ice cream dispensing experience.  And rightly so. 

 

The most recent attempt I have found is the Belle-V ice cream scoop by Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.  (Check out his Kickstarter video. Only 17 more days to go, people.)    Let's face it, whether antique, inspired or just a spoon and a box, there really is no wrong way to eat ice cream.

Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop by Karl Ulrich

Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop by Karl Ulrich