Okay, we’ve all been a little ice cream crazy around here, if you may have noticed — and on Cool Mom Eats too. But it’s not just a perfect treat, it can be the inspiration¬†for a¬†great hostess gift, should you be rounding out your summer with a few more lucky invitations to visit friends and relatives with a beach house or a coveted pool. Ahhhh.

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Best ice cream scoop: Zeroll. And makes a perfect hostess gift for summer

You can never go wrong with a classic ice cream scoop. A while back, Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn¬†handed out top ratings for best ice cream scoops¬†and we agree that the Zeroll ice cream scoop is still the classic. The original 1935 design is still perfect, the heat conducting fluid in the handle makes scooping a wee bit easier, and I like that they continue to be made in the USA. Thoughtful hostess gift for about $26 at our affiliate Amazon.

Martha Stewart melamine ice cream bowl set

I just found these awesome Martha Stewart melamine ice cream bowls on Macy’s and considering one of her earlier iterations of ice cream bowls have lasted me years, I would absolutely feel good about buying these. Plus, they’re hugely on sale¬†right now. (Save an extra 15% through 7/26 with code SALE)



Jeni's Sundae Spades : Fun hostess gift

This set of 4¬†Sundae Spades from Jeni’s is kind of retro, kind of sophisticated, kind of obsessive. I actually have a set and they rock.


DIY Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones are perfect for National Ice Cream Day or any celebration | What's Gaby Cooking

If you want to DIY, you can always put together a great package of homemade toppings and sprinkles. Or check out this fun recipe for chocolate dipped sugar cones from What’s Gaby Cooking, recently featured on Cool Mom Eats. Depending on whether¬†this one is for kids or more for the adults, you can dial up or down the dipping suggestions, which are outrageous — ¬†from sprinkles, shredded coconut and Cracker Jack,¬†to more sophisticated cocoa nibs.

Guaranteed invitation back again.

Baby Sweet Tooth ice cream teethers. So cute!

Bonus: If you’re visiting a friend with a newborn or teething baby, how awesome are these ice cream cone baby teethers? $10 each from Baby Sweet Tooth, they’re US made, from safe, food-grade silicone, and absolutely photo opp ready.


Editor’s Note: For those of you wondering, Jeni’s is open again,¬†hopefully for good, and¬†probably now safer than any ice cream out there at this point. We¬†are happy to support them and we continue to root for this fantastic, cult-favorite ice cream shop which many deem the best scoop in America.