In 2017, Jordan Stern was living in a camper van, craving ice cream. He wished he had a container designed to keep ice cream cool, even on the road and in the great outdoors, no freezer necessary. Two years later, Stern has launched a Kickstarter for the world's first double-walled, vacuum insulated container made specifically for transporting pints of ice cream.
"There is nothing available now to take ice cream anywhere," Stern said in a press release. "You can barely get it home from the store without it melting. When I started telling people about the idea, everyone told me a different way that they would use it, and I realized this could be a great product."
The Ice Cream Canteen works like a travel mug, except for perfectly cold ice cream rather than hot coffee. The vacuum insulation keeps the ice cream cool enough to keep it from melting, while also acting like a koozie to keep your hands warm (though you still might get brain freeze). It reportedly keeps ice cream cold for around four hours, depending on the type of ice cream and various other factors.
The Ice Cream Canteen is designed to fit all conventional ice cream pints. Just grab your favorite pint of ice cream—be it Häagen-Dazs, Halo Top, Ben and Jerry’s, or something artisanal—and drop it into the canteen. Screw on the watertight, insulated cap, and off you go. You can also use the canteen to store ice cream spooned from a larger container.
Take it to a barbecue, on road trips, to the drive-in, camping, or just sit in bed and eat an entire pint without getting your hands frozen (no judgment). For even better insulation, put the canteen in a cooler. “When inside a cooler with ice, The Ice Cream Canteen can work up to twice as long as it would on its own,” the Kickstarter page explains. Even if your ice cream does eventually melt, the leak-proof canteen will keep it from spilling all over everything else in your cooler.
Buy an Ice Cream Canteen for yourself on Kickstarter for $35. It comes in three colors: mint, coconut, and stainless steel. If all goes well, the canteens will start shipping in March 2020, just in time for your spring break trip.
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