I used this ice bowl to put ice cream in for my sons birthday party. I made the ice bowl ahead of time then about 3 hrs. before the party I scooped out the ice cream into the bowl. When serving time came I just grabbed a scoop with some metal tongs I had and put a scoop on each piece of cake before serving. When all the ice cream was out of the bowl, I added some orange soda and then some scoops of vanilla ice cream for the kids to have an ice cold drink with their cake and ice cream. Worked like a charm!!!