The ice cream scoop was invented in 1897 by a man named Alfred Cralle. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Invented the ice cream scoop? How is that any different from a spoon?”
Well, if you’ve ever tried to dish up ice cream with a spoon (as any ice cream lover has from time to time when the scoop is in the dishwasher), you know that a spoon just isn’t the right tool for the job. If the ice cream is hard, the spoon can bend. And then getting the ice cream off the spoon can be an ordeal in and of itself.
So when we say that Cralle invented the ice cream scoop, what he invented was a heavy-duty, durable scooping device with a built-in scraper to remove the ice cream from the scoop without getting your fingers messy and sticky. And, for that, we all owe Mr. Cralle a debt of gratitude.
Over the years, the ice cream scoop has evolved somewhat, although some modern day scoops still have the thumb-operated scraper device. Today’s 12 Days of Turkey Hill prize is a throwback to the 1920s — our oldest prize yet and one that might pre-date Turkey Hill Dairy itself.
It’s the conical turnkey scoop you see above and it was made by Gilchrist, a popular manufacturer of scoops in the early 20th century. The metal “G” on the top of the scoop was made to be turned — like a key — to remove the ice cream from the scoop’s unique, cone-shaped head.
Overall, the scoop is in excellent shape (despite part of the “G” key being detached from its base) and is heavier than it appears. However, we’re not sure if it’s a scoop that you’d want to actually use or just display as a really cool conversation piece. Either way, leave a comment and we’ll choose one at random from this post OR from our Facebook page as the winner of this nearly 100 year old piece of ice cream history!