The first few spoonfuls of ice cream in the scorching summer heat are frosty and restorative. Then, the experience quickly devolves into a race to see if you can bolt down the rest before it turns into a lukewarm, soupy mess.
What you really need is a container that’ll keep your ice cream frozen while you savor it slowly enough to avoid a brain freeze—and lucky for you, such an item exists. HOST’s Ice Cream FREEZE, available for $13 on Amazon, is a double-walled plastic bowl insulated with a cooling gel that keeps its contents cold for hours. All you have to do is make sure to stick it in the freezer for at least four hours before you want to use it.
The 18-ounce bowl is manufactured from BPA-free plastic, and the silicone base makes it easy to hold without letting your hands go numb from the bowl’s cold exterior. And while its most obvious use might be preventing ice cream and sorbet from changing states, you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to filling it with frozen treats. Any snack best enjoyed cold can benefit from the refrigerative wonders of this bowl, including fruit, hummus, salad, guacamole, or even shrimp cocktail; according to one Amazon reviewer, it’s also “perfect for keeping your cereal milk cold.” (This person also referred to it as the “best thing I’ve ever bought.”)
But if you are planning on using it for ice cream, why not try making your own? Here are five ice cream makers to help you take your ice cream party—solo or not—to the next level.