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Ice cream scoop

The Zeroll Company

Established 1935

Sherman Kelly established The Zeroll Co. in his garage on Robinwood Avenue in Toledo, Ohio in 1935. The Zeroll scoop is considered to be the first modern ice cream scoop. Vacationing in West Palm Beach, Florida, Kelly observed a young woman dipping ice cream. Noticing the blisters on her hand from the constant use of the disher in the hard ice cream, Kelly resolved to find a better way to serve ice cream.

This non-mechanical ice cream scoop, made of cast aluminum, has fluid inside the handle. There was no longer a need to rinse the dipper in water between servings as the unique design transferred heat from the user’s hand. A key advantage was the ability to roll the ice cream into a ball instead of squeezing it, allowing the dispenser to get 10% – 20% more servings per gallon. The Original Zeroll Scoop has undergone no substantial design changes since its introduction in 1935 and is still manufactured in the US. Its beauty and utility is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art’s Permanent Design Collection in New York City.

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