Go Ahead, Get Weird
We know you’ve been there: Poised to dive into your carefully-selected pint of Ben & Jerry’s when you realize — gasp! — all the spoons are dirty. Or your no-good roommate has stashed them all away in their bedroom. Whatever the cause, not a single one is available for ice cream spooning. What do you do? Forgo that Chocolate Fudge Brownie altogether?
You get creative, that’s what you do. We’ve gotten pretty creative over the years when spoons have been scarce. These are the weirdest things we’ve slurped ice cream off of in our darkest days of spoonlessness:
Item number 1
Not only are pretzel sticks a pretty great ice cream-eating apparatus, they also double as a tasty addition to your flavor. Even if you do have spoons around, try this next time you dig into a pint of Peanut Butter Cup, you won’t be disappointed.
Item number 2
The Pint Lid
If necessity is the mother of invention, then you have everything you need to invent the most convenient ice cream spoon ever. Fold your lid into a spoony shape and dig in with gusto. We won’t even judge if you accidentally take a bite out of the lid. It happens.
Item number 3
Two questions: Will it fit in the pint? Will it fit into your mouth? If your answers are “yes” and “yes”, then your spatula is begging to be your next ice cream eating tool. Bonus: it’s the best for scraping every last bit of ice cream out of the pint.
Item number 4
Sure, your face isn’t really a tool, per se. But who says you even need a spoon to enjoy that illustrious pint of Salted Caramel Core? Let it soften a bit, then squeeze it up from the bottom like a push-pop. Messy? Yes. Fun? Heck, yeah.
Item number 5
If you love your ice cream soft and melty, the straw is the tool for you. But it requires some waiting, which — we know — is pretty darned difficult. Set your pint out at room temperature, wait an excruciatingly long time, and then slurp away. Pro tip: This works best with chunk-free flavors.
Item number 6
We know you’ve got one or two (or three or seven) around the house. And in a pinch, they scoop ice cream as well as any spoon. Maybe even better if you don’t mind getting a little sticky.
Item number 7
Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t think to look in the bathroom for an ice cream-eating tool. But spoonlessness isn’t normal circumstances. It’s an ice creamergency that calls for desperate measures. Like digging into your pint with the handle of your toothbrush.
Item number 8
This might get messy. This might get sticky. But gosh darn it, it’ll get the job done. We applaud anyone who can eat ice cream from a measuring cup without getting stickier than a toddler, well, eating ice cream.
Item number 9
Once upon a time, before the Jimmy Fallon-inspired flavor you know and love today was born, there was Late Night Snack, the original Fallon-inspired Ben & Jerry’s flavor. And it actually had potato chips in it. It was wild, it was bold, and it was awesome. In a pinch, you can turn your desperation into that same awesomeness by using potato chips to scoop up your bites of The Tonight Dough.
Item number 10
We’re not sure if this is a makeshift spoon or a genius hack for making Cherry Garcia even more delicious (if that’s even possible). Either way, it’s a must-try, even if you do have a spoon handy.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten Ben & Jerry’s with? We want to hear your wildest scooping stories! Share them in the comments below!