spoonsIce cream is great, there's no doubt about it. From frozen yogurt to gelato and traditional vanilla ice cream, Americans love their frozen desserts. In fact, about 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and other desserts are produced in the U.S. every year.

Now, we know that there is nothing quite as satisfying as dipping your spoons into an ice cream sundae. But some people may be against ice cream now that summer is over and it's time for warmer, baked desserts. If this is the case, what will you do with your trusty ice cream scoop? Putting it away for the winter just seems unfair -- so here are some interesting ways you can use your ice cream scoop all year round.

  • Make perfectly round cookies and meatballs 
    It's important that you make your cookies and meatballs the same size and shape when preparing to ensure even cooking and baking. Plus, handling meat too much can result in stiff meatballs, while over mixing cooking dough can cause flat and overly chewy cookies. So keep your hands out of the mix and your food will thank you for it! 

  • Create no-mess pancakes 
    Pancakes are notoriously drippy, so use your trusty ice cream scoop to drip less on the counter. It'll also be easier to use pre-measured scoops so all your pancakes can fit on the pan. 

  • Make frozen melon ice cubes 
    You don't need a melon baller if you have a small ice cream scooper. Our favorite use for melon balls is to freeze them then put them in spritzers for a bit more flavor. 

  • Plant seeds 
    Take it to your ice cream scoop to help you create equal-sized planting holes for next year's harvest. After all the holes are made, you can even use the scoop to help sprinkle seeds to prevent a strained back from bending over.

  • Dig sand castles 
    There's no need for expensive sand toys when you already have your ice cream scoop handy. Your kids will be able to dig with the scoop and make fun rounded shapes in the sand at no cost to you. 

Spoons simply don't hold a candle to the trusty ice cream scoop. So try your hand at these tips and tricks to keep your scoop working all season long.