Ice cream is one of my favorite foods to try while traveling. Ingredients, texture, flavors… every country does it differently.
So when a photo started circling the internet about how to “evenly share” ice cream by cutting a pint of ice cream in half, I had some questions. Will it work? (yes) Is it easy to do? (yes) Is it messy? (no) Is it practical? (no)
I recently had to test a pint of Mitchell’s Ice Cream – a Chicago staple – for an article on The Local Tourist and the results were better than expected. Here’s what you need to know and consider before cutting a pint of ice cream in half.
What you need
- 1 pint of ice cream
- Your sharpest chef’s knife
- A large cutting board
- 1-2 bowls and spoons
- 1 Tupperware container (optional)
How to do it
- Assuming the pint of ice cream uses a paper container, place the pint on the cutting board
- To avoid crushing the container with the blade of your knife, start by “sawing” into on side of the container with the far end of the knife.
- After you make a notch in the far side of the container, lower the blade so the knife is sawing through both sides of the container.
- Once you have a cut in both sides of the container, push down on the knife evenly as far as you can.
- When you reach the bottom of the container, grip the top of the pint with one hand to keep it from twisting and saw through the bottom edge of the container.
- If done correctly, you now have two even portions of ice cream and minimal clean up.
Things to consider
- If you have a messy ice cream – like the one I used – or are a slow eater, the bowls will help eliminate a mess as the ice cream melts.
- To avoid fights about someone having more, we had a family rule in the Piehl household: One person cuts it, the other person picks first.
- If you can’t finish your half pint, or you’re only one person, why did you cut the pint in half?!?! Put the remaining ice cream in the Tupperware container, and never do this again. You’re just wasting time and making a mess.
- This will work for almost any ice cream. I used one of the messiest ice creams I could find and there was almost no clean up.
And that ladies and gentleman, is how to cut a pint of ice cream in half evenly!