Get the Scoop on the Best Ice Cream Gadgets

PHOTO: Cuisinart's Ice Cream and Gelato Maker, $40
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Craving homemade ice cream but don't know where to start? We've collected the top tools you need for the tastiest frozen treats. Whether you're a beginner or advanced ice cream maker, you'll love these new products.

Whip up a batch of ice cream tonight and you won't be disappointed.

PHOTO: Deni's automatic ice cream maker with candy crusher is shown here.
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Deni Automatic Ice Cream Maker With Candy Crusher, $70

This mid-range ice cream machine offers a candy crusher function that allows you to add your favorite candies to your ice cream. The base freezes in about 12 hours and you can make the ice cream in under 30 minutes.

PHOTO: Cuisinart's Ice Cream and Gelato Maker, $40
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Cuisinart Ice Cream and Gelato Maker, $300

Cuisinart's latest product lets you bring the professional ice cream machine into your kitchen. The machine freezes the ice cream base without any cumbersome prep beforehand. Pour the base in, set the timer and you're done. There are two paddles to choose from, one is for gelato and the other is for ice cream. The machine takes about 30-45 minutes to churn the ice cream depending on the amount that you're making. There is also a setting to keep the ice cream cold if you aren't around to take it out.

Clean-up is easy. The metal bowl removes effortlessly from the base to be washed. The only drawback is that the machine is heavy and requires a good amount of counter space. (It's slightly larger than the size of a toaster oven.) If you have the space, or make ice cream often, it's a great investment that will save you a ton of time.

PHOTO: Chef's Choice waffle cone express ice cream cone maker is shown here.
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Chef's Choice Waffle Cone Express Ice Cream Cone Maker, $50

The house will smell like freshly baked waffles after you use this machine. Prep the batter beforehand and the waffle cone maker cooks the waffles evenly. Hand roll the cones, let them cool and fill them with your homemade ice cream. The machine offers easy clean up after you're done baking.

PHOTO: The Hamilton Beach ice cream maker is shown here.
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Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker, $40

If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive ice cream machine this one is for you. It's the perfect model for beginners. Freeze the cannister thoroughly (24-48 hours ahead of time) and you can have ice cream in 30-45 minutes. The machine is on the louder side but is efficient and easy to clean.

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PHOTO: Nostalgia Electrics' ice cream sandwich maker is shown here.
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Nostalgia Electrics Ice Cream Sandwich Maker, $25

Make authentic ice cream sandwiches with this ice cream sandwich maker. You can make a variety of cookies or even Italian pizzelles. Let the sandwiches cool completely before assembling them for sandwiches.

PHOTO: Yonanas frozen treat maker is shown here.
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Yonanas, $50

Create a fast, healthy frozen dessert in no time. This machine turns frozen fruit into a treat that tastes just like ice cream. Use frozen bananas, mangos or peaches to create an icy treat that your kids will never know is healthy.

PHOTO: Oneida's twister ice cream scoop is shown here.
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Oneida Kitchenware Good Cook Twister Ice Cream Scoop, $10

This gadget scoops even the hardest ice cream with ease. The pointed top cuts into any ice cream, even if it's as hard as a rock. This is one ice cream scoop that will save you time chipping away at a solid block of sorbet in vain.

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