Can You Microwave Ice Cream? (Answered)

You can, indeed, microwave ice cream to thaw it rather quickly. Although, if you choose to microwave your ice cream, even for a few seconds, it could ruin the texture of your dessert. However, there are a few different ways to scoop ice cream without thawing it first. Let’s look at all the possible ways to thaw or scoop ice cream.

Thawing Ice Cream in the Microwave:

If you choose to thaw your ice cream in the microwave, here are the steps:

  1. Remove the lid from the tub of ice cream.
  2. Place the tub of ice cream in the microwave.
  3. Set the microwave for 5-15 seconds, then press start.
  4. Once the timer goes off, check if the ice cream is soft enough to scoop.
  5. If the ice cream is soft, enjoy! Maybe add some warmed Nutella! If the ice cream is still too hard to scoop, microwave it at 5-second intervals until it is to the desired softness.

Other Ways to Thaw or Scoop Ice Cream:

There are other great ways to scoop ice cream without having to use the microwave. For instance, you can dip a spoon or ice cream scoop into a cup of hot water then scoop out your ice cream with ease. You will have to re-dip the spoon after every scoop of ice cream, though.

You could also use a knife to cut out portions of ice cream instead of using an ice cream scoop. This way is super simple; you could cut through the container (if it is made of cardboard) or dump the ice cream out on a dish and cut off however much you want and put the rest back into the container for a later date.

Another way to scoop ice cream without microwaving is to soften it in the refrigerator for 10 to 30 minutes. This way does take a lot longer than the other methods, but it keeps your ice cream cold and does not add extra water to your ice cream like if you dip a spoon in water then into the ice cream.

Yes, microwaving ice cream is super-fast and straightforward, but is it worth potentially ruining the texture of your dessert? The decision is yours.