What Is the Perfect Ice Cream Spoon?

A few days ago, a friend mentioned an experiment involving spoons. Subjects were given spoons made out of different metals and moulded into different shapes, and they were asked to eat the same type of ice cream.

As it turns out, the composition of the spoon had a HUGE impact on the perception of flavor. Many of us have eaten off of stainless steel our entire lives, so eating off of wood or gold or vibranium impacts our taste buds.

I eat a little bit of ice cream each night–specifically, Gelati Celeste carted from Virginia to St. Louis–so I want to optimize every bite. I don’t have the budget for a golden spoon, but I decided to enhance my ice cream experience by using a spoon designed specifically for that food.

I found these on Amazon, and after using them a few times, I’m still trying to figure out how I feel. I like how small they are–they encourage smaller bites, making the ice cream last longer. The guitar-like shape is intriguing. I think it’s good, but I’m not sure why. Ice cream still tastes the same, but that’s a good thing. I want Gelati Celesti to taste like Gelati Celesti.

Do you use a special spoon for ice cream? Or is there any dish for which you have a specific utensil? What is the impact of it?