The ice cream scoop's basic features haven't changed much in over a century. It's design is so taken for granted, in fact, that it literally took a rocket scientist to improve upon it. Michael Chou is an aerospace engineer and the inventor behind the Midnight Scoop, an ergonomic scoop that is angled so that it requires minimal effort to use. Midnight Scoop raised almost 10 times its funding goal in a recent Kickstarter campaign and will be on the market in time for the holidays. Pre-order now for $50.
Creator Michael Chou took the ergonomically flawed design of the typical ice cream scoop, and angled it and added a grip so that it takes less effort to use. Chou, a 35-year-old father and aerospace engineer from Michigan, went through 38 iterations over two years of development before settling on the design.
The curved handle straightens your wrist and forces you to push the scoop with your palm, which uses your chest and arm muscles rather than your wrist, making scooping easier.
The scoop is made of solid 6061 aluminum alloy, a compound you’ll find on parts used in aerospace and boat construction.
The first ice cream scoop, or “mold and disher,” dates back to 1897. The design has remained largely unchanged for over a century. One modification was the Belle-V, which used aluminum’s thermal conductivity to transmit the warmth of a hand to the ice cream. Unlike the Midnight Scoop, the Belle-V is not symmetrical and must be ordered as a right- or left-hand version.
The Midnight Scoop’s front tip is thin and designed to slice through freezer-hardened ice cream without heat.
It’s available in four colors: a black called Ebony, gun-metal Graphite, white Moonstone, and Natural, which is the reflective metallic exterior you’ll recognize from conventional scoops. They are available for pre-order now at $50, and will ship at the end of December 2014.