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Screaming for ice cream accessories

I recently had an interesting conversation with a houseguest. It went something like this:

"Hey, do you have any ice cream?"

"Umm ..."

I scanned my freezer. "No."

"How can you not have ice cream?" the guest asked, utterly befuddled. "It's summer. In Georgia. It's, like, a million degrees outside. How do you not have ice cream?"

"I guess like this," I retorted, pointing back to my near-empty freezer. Then I added, hopefully: "But I do have ice, which is half the battle."

With that, the guest and I trekked to the store, bought ice cream and came back home, only to find I had no ice cream accessories. No ice cream scoop, no ice cream bowls, not even ice cream cones.

"You are completely unprepared for an ice cream emergency," the guest said, with a sigh.

It was shamefully true. Let's hope you will never find yourself in this same empty ice cream boat.

Selecting an ice cream flavor to savor is a very personal decision. Some prefer classics such as chocolate or vanilla, while others favor wild temptations like Moose Tracks or apple pie. Stand proud beside your ice cream pick, and tell the world it's yours with L.L. Bean's Personalized Bowl. The bowl can be custom-painted with polka-dot patterns or cute cartoon icons, as well as with a name or message up to 12 characters. Crafted from heavy stoneware, the bowl holds 20 ounces of ice cream and is microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Retailing for $19.50, it is sold online at www.llbean.com.

Try as you might, that metal spoon will never be able to outwit a carton of ice cream. Even plastic ice cream scoops have a tough time tackling the tundra that is a frozen block of rocky road. Take it easy on your flatware by opting instead for the Deni Electric Ice Cream Scoop. After it's plugged in, the scoop heats up and retains its temperature. It's also specially designed to help you reach all corners of the carton. A drip guard helps keep hands and fingers away from the freezing food, and a nonstick coating allows for an easy cleanup. Retailing for $14.95, it's sold at area home stores.

No, there's no use crying over spilled milk, but a spilled ice cream cone is a whole other story. Avoid this disastrous situation with the Chef's Choice Ice Cream Cone Holder. The holder features rotating arms to support cones for easy filling and serving, and can hold both big and small cones. Constructed of metal with a nonstaining chrome finish, it keeps its shape and is easy to clean. Plus, it's a very clever conversation piece. Retailing for $12.95, it's sold at area home stores.

E-mail staff writer Anna Ferguson at anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.