12 Days of Turkey Hill (Day 10) – Our oldest 12 Days prize yet!

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on December 21st, 2016



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!

Leave a Comment

116 Responses to “12 Days of Turkey Hill (Day 10) – Our oldest 12 Days prize yet!”

  1. Margaret says:

    Educational and delicious! What great information!

  2. Natalie Lyons says:

    I would love to win this awesome piece of history. Would look perfect on display in my kitchen. Thanks for the chance

  3. Mary says:

    Love! Love! Love this scoop!

  4. millie says:

    that’s one great ice cream scooper spoons do bend love to win it

  5. John says:

    Great scoop!

  6. Brian says:

    Awesome piece of history. Thank you for collecting and sharing.

  7. pat says:

    scoop looks interesting, would be nice to try

  8. RonF says:

    Great – it looks to be wrought iron – if so, it could be placed into warm water prior to scooping, so that it would be easier to scoop the hard ice cream. This would be a real help!!

  9. Marilou Sibert says:

    Never knew this information–thanks for posting it!

  10. mary ann herrmann says:

    …wow TH, you never fail to amaze me. this scoop is incredible and I would definitely only “display” it. actually I prefer to
    eat my Turkey Hill with a spoon directly from the carton. BAD,
    aren’t I?? but it’s ever so GOOD being bad. thanks, again for
    this great prize.

  11. Carol says:

    What a beautiful scoop! It really is a work of art. But I still might be tempted to actually use it if I was lucky enough to win it!

  12. Marion says:

    Absolutely love it. Hadn’t seen one like it ever, and thanks for all the information!

  13. Cheryl says:

    Very Cool

  14. Donna McCauley says:

    I would use as a conversation piece.

  15. Debbie Bigelow says:

    I would keep it for when my son opens his own bakery business and can have it on display as a conversation piece.

  16. Jennifer Barr says:

    neat! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  17. Terry says:

    This is my favorite giveaway prize thus far. I hope someone with a name that begins with “G” wins it !

  18. Peg says:

    It would look good next to my grandmother’s.

  19. Elaine says:

    thanks yet again for making ice cream more than just a dessert item, history is fascinating

  20. Karen Cohn says:

    We would love to use this on our favorite ice cream flavors.

  21. janet o says:

    a interesting piece of history and a cool conversation piece . i would love to have this to display in my kitchen .

  22. I would love to have it and display it in our kitchen on a shelf.


  24. lee carr says:

    thank you Mr. Cralle

  25. Kathleen M Cox says:

    As long as it scoops turkey hill ice cream!

  26. Barbara says:

    how adorable , I collect old timey kitchen gadgets and have them on display in my kitchen. This would be a wonderful addition.

  27. Sandy Lynch says:

    Wow, this looks really cool.

  28. STEPHEN JONES says:

    thank you, i would prob display this as a conversation piece!

  29. Ken says:

    I really like the looks of it. I am obsessed with okdee things

  30. Maureen says:

    we need a heavy duty scoop!!! thanks

  31. Melissa says:

    i love ice cream, 2 scoops for me!

  32. diane says:

    It is amazing that TH finds such wonderful antiques-this would add to my collection of antiques, including me.

  33. Donna Keller says:

    WOW, what a neat ice cream scoop. Would love to have this so I could display it.

  34. Lynn Dobriko says:


  35. Wayne Pratt says:

    That scoop is fabulous and I would totally enjoy scooping my TH Colombian Coffee with such a beautifully crafted implement.

  36. Wayne Pratt says:

    Such a beautifully-crafted scoop – just what I need to dish out my TH Colombian Coffee Ice Cream.

  37. Tom Piecuch says:

    Pick me!!!

  38. If I were lucky enough to win these everyone would want it. Great add on to Rustic look in my kitchen.

  39. Paul A. says:

    I would love to win this.

  40. Why can’t I find Turkey Hill eggnog ice cream in my area? ZIP 21114

  41. Gerald Gooze says:

    I am happy with my current ice cream scoop, but this would look great with my collection of old kitchen utensils.

  42. Ruth Fox says:

    What a neat scoop. Nice display piece.

  43. Jim in SOMD says:

    Well. I do not have any scoops with the thumb scraper on them. I do remember having one as a child and possibly even when I was first married back over 40 years ago. However, I do not remember anything looking like this as a child. Now if this was from around 1920, then it was over 30 years old when I was born and over 35 by the time I was eating ice cream by myself. Interesting how a bell would make a decent scoop. Or does it?

  44. jay tice says:

    Great gift for my Mom.

  45. Derrick Johnson says:

    This would be nice to have when we have an ice cream social! Want it!

  46. E Gaus says:

    here’s the scoop::I would like to have it

  47. caroline from manalapan says:

    If it was just hubby and I it would be displayed, but when we have our summer BBQs we would definitely show it off and use it to empty out all the tubs of TH we would eat.

  48. Donna says:

    That ice cream scoop would be great to have. I have tried many spoons as scoops and they all have bent.

  49. Lisa S says:

    I would have to give this to my mom. I her kitchen she has a “display” of antiques that belonged to her mother (my grandmother). I just love to look at them, it really makes me appreciate all that I (we) have today.

  50. Kate D. says:

    What a unique ice cream scoop! Thanks for the terrific giveaways!!

  51. Mallory Maraccini says:

    This ice cream scoop looks cool!! I would love this for my Mom.

  52. Ann King says:

    what would we do without Turkey Hill for information we just may need if we get on Jeopardy! And to think you just made ice cream!

  53. gianna says:

    Love it and so appropriate for me…it’s my initial(s) too!

  54. Lois says:

    What a beautiful piece of history! Two scoops, please!

  55. Melani Taillon says:

    Love this!! Turkey Hill Chocolate is my favorite

  56. It is an unusual scoop! I have metal and plastic but nothing quite like this one.

  57. wish i had one of these as a kid,,i broke a lot of my moms spoons eating frozen ice cream,,lol

  58. jw says:

    happy holidays

  59. Sharon Leaming says:

    Wow! My mother-law-has a bell shaped device in her drawer, but I never knew what it was! I think it is a scoop! I guess I should have asked her. She uses a different scoop for ice cream.

  60. Patricia shaffery says:

    Never saw a scooper like that

  61. Caitlin J says:

    I absolutely love this!!! I can’t even count the number of spoons I’ve ruined trying to scoop ice cream!!!

  62. CHRISTINE says:


  63. Marilyn Stiles says:

    I just LOVE vintage items! The scoop is great! It would look very nice with my vintage pewter ice cream molds! PLEASE………

  64. Don W says:

    Really great ice cream scoop! I must say though you need a spoon also to fill the bottom of your cone.

  65. Darrel says:

    That is a really interesting scoop. It would help prevent the many bent spoons in my drawer now.

  66. denise says:

    love that scoop

  67. nance says:

    Turkey Hill has my favorite ice cream and now I am drinking the Ice Tea daily

  68. barbara says:

    what an awesome ice cream scoop

  69. Tina Smith says:

    I would love this scoop it would be great to use with Turkey Hill Ice Cream

  70. Sally says:

    I haven’t seen one like that before. I’d display it.

  71. Kerry says:

    I would have to try the scoop out a few times at least. It looks like a collector piece, so I doubt I would use it all the time, it would probably be on display with some other old kitchen items.

  72. Lynn K Shaffer says:

    That is really cool. I have never seen or heard of this scoop. Thanks for rhe lesson and the chance to win it.

  73. Brenda Books says:

    Turkey hill,I love the information on ice cream scoop. Thank you so much. This is one of the many reasons I love Turkey hill ice cream and sherbet and everything else.

  74. Nora says:

    That’s the coolest ice cream scoop I’ve ever seen.

  75. Elizabeth Lonsberry says:

    So interesting! Thanks for sharing. I love anything antique because of its history. What could be better than delicious Turkey Hill, history, family, friends and a Blessed Holiday season.

  76. Sabrina says:

    This is the coolest giveaway yet! I love it. I would definitely display it.

  77. Janet says:


  78. Debra Rusovick says:

    This is an awesome scoop!

  79. Sarah says:

    Definitely a display piece and very unique!

  80. Amy says:

    Very interesting history lesson – thanks!

  81. Mary Anne Powell says:

    Have never seen one like this before and it would make an amazing conversation piece!

  82. Joan says:

    Love this ice cream scoop. Thanks for sharing the story.

  83. We can ‘ t get over how smart people were 100 years ago . They invented things that made life a little easier for every day life , when they could have just went with a spoon . I’m always amazed . Thanks for the picture and the story .

  84. Absolutely love this antique ice cream scoop and would love to have it in my kitchen. What a great conversation piece.

  85. maryann says:

    What a great give away. Hope I’m lucky.

  86. Al Verdini says:

    I still have the 1960’s version ice cream scoop with a thumb type release. It is great to portion out ice cream, and also foods like mashed potatoes. In the 1980’s when I worked at an ice cream store I was disappointed with the really skimpy portions given by the simpler “one piece” scoops we had to use. They were not scoops for people who love ice cream 😉 Thanks for the great offer, and great ice cream 🙂

  87. Linda Harvey says:

    Fancy that …a self cleaning ice cream scoop…I use a metal scoop I got at the grocery store…I run it under water after each dip…I am a real ice cream lover…all seasons , it’s never to cold for ice cream .. butter pecan is my favorite.. this scoop is interesting and would look great in my kitchen..(hint hint )..win or loose.. keep making great ice cream.. and I’ll keep eating it…Merry Christmas to all at Turkey Hill 🙂

  88. Candace Galan says:

    This would be wonderful to win!

  89. alicelynne says:

    It’s unique! I have never seen a scoop like that.

  90. Kathy B says:

    Never saw that type of scoop

  91. Marian blunt says:

    Great beautiful scoop love it

  92. Catherine Lenarski says:

    Love this! Hope I win!

  93. Harriet Goldstein says:

    Thanks for the history lesson about the ice cream scoop.

  94. janice fitch says:

    Yes, ice cream is hard to dip. I volunteered to help serve lunch at a funeral, My wrists were so sore that I had to have someone else take over. I am glad someone realized that and made a better scoop.

  95. Bob Kessler Jr says:

    I would be willing to try it as a scoop. If it doesn’t quite work it would be a great piece to display.

  96. Stefanie says:

    Love this ice cream and would love to win!

  97. Karen Gerak says:

    My favorite ice cream and an ice cream scooper with my last initial. How cool!

  98. Christina Frankino says:

    I love this scoop – old world, but functional! It is beautiful and would make Turkey Hill ice cream take that much better! I’d love to add it to my collection of vintage kitchen utensils- have grandmother’s old mold pans -xmas and for other celebrations – cookie cutters for all occasions, her wooden rollers for dough. Would go great with the ice cream maker! Thank you! Christina Frankino

  99. Carol Jones says:

    I think this is the coolest gift ever! Thanks for the chance to win Turkey Hill!

  100. sue frantz says:

    I have never seen a scooper like that in my life!! Don’t think I would actually use it to scoop…but it would make a great decoration and conversation piece!!

  101. That “G” at the top just screams “Grandma’s” house. What could be more fitting and memorable for the grandkids. Vintage, useful, and memory maker.

  102. Elizabeth says:

    Very cool scoop! I love ice cream and I love old things!

  103. Debra Williams says:

    love this scoop never seen one before like this

  104. Sandy P says:

    I would hang it in my studio that I am putting together. With my artsy photography of ice cream shoppes & donut shoppes.

  105. Iris says:

    The scoop looks so yummy, my kids and I would like to try it!

  106. Betty says:

    it is different, would love it

  107. Debi says:

    I love older items like this. It would be cool to have.

  108. Rose Davis says:

    I love the ice cream scoop. That would a great addition to my small collection. Ih Ave one from the 50’s that was my Uncles.

  109. Barb says:

    What a great ice cream tool!

  110. Janice Svercek says:

    What a cool scoop. Merry Christmas!

  111. Vera says:

    Merry Christmas everyone WE could use this for decert.

  112. Marie says:

    It looks just the right size for my husband’s ice cream, Turkey Hill, of course!!!!!!! He woulld LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

Leave a Reply


These comments are intended to be a discussion of the information presented in the blog postings. Any product-related questions or other issues not related to the post should be referred to our consumer response team through the link on our Contact Us page, as they are the true experts in answering any questions or concerns you may have about Turkey Hill and its products.

The Ice Cream Journal is a public forum and comments left here will be visible by all visitors (e-mail addresses will not be visible). When making comments, please adhere to standard guidelines of decorum and respect. Turkey Hill reserves the right to edit or delete comments in violation of these guidelines.