There are two types of ice cream shops. At one, you can get a couple of scoops in the bowl or cone of your choice. In the other, ice cream scoopers knead your ice cream on a marble slab, incorporating fruits, candies and other mix-ins, to create a custom ice cream flavor before transferring it to your bowl or cone. You really can’t go wrong with any ice cream, but the customization and the show offered by the latter type of ice cream shop is what keeps fans coming back time after time. Their secret is an ice-cold marble slab, where they can work the ice cream without it melting. You can recreate this technique at home using this Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set. The set includes a marble slab, three bowls for mix-ins, two mixing spades and a neat bamboo tray to keep everything together.
The marble slabs at those big ice cream stores are chilled from the inside, but this small slab can be chilled in the freezer. You will need to put it in the freezer a few hours before you need to use it, however it doesn’t take up much space (since it is flat) and will maintain the chill long enough to make many batches of mix-in ice creams. You might not need to put on a show for yourself every time you want a serving of ice cream, but this set is a huge hit with kids and it is also a lot of fun at parties, where you might want to add a little something extra to dessert. Start with either homemade vanilla ice cream or storebought, and get creative with your toppings!