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Life is too short to wait for your ice cream to thaw. Hack into your pint right away with these simple tips.

Get into Frozen Ice Cream


  • Paring knife (or other knife)

  • Hot water

  • Ice cream scoop

  • Carton of ice cream, straight out of the freezer


  1. Run the knife under hot water

  2. Cut 1 inch deep into the ice cream, creating a grid pattern.

  3. Run the ice cream scoop under hot water. Scoop your ice cream out!

Get into Frozen Ice Cream




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- I love ice cream, but straight out of the freezer the carton can be rock solid, so you don't have to wait, I did some research to help you out. I narrowed it down to what I consider the top three ways to hack into that frozen carton of ice cream. Let me walk you through the hacks. First, run your scooper under hot water, then dig in. This helps, but only at the surface level, not much deeper. Second, run a sharp knife under hot water, then cut a grid about an inch thick into the ice cream, then scoop. This was totally effective. Third, put the ice cream container in the microwave for 30 seconds. This softened up some, but made too much of it soupy. So, of the three hacks, my favorite was the knife technique, which I learned from America's Test Kitchen. But to really put this to the test, I tried it with chocolate, which is notoriously harder, and it worked. And the true test, the larger carton of chocolate. Ice cream success. Now, nothing can come between you and your ice cream. Oh, by the way, college kids out there, this is totally something you can do in your dorm room. I found that the kind of knife that's best for this is actually just a small pairing knife, so you got this, and it'll help with the studying too, right? Yeah.