10 Ice Cream Makers and Accessories That Will Take Dessert to the Next Level

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... well, you get it — everyone loves frozen desserts. From classic vanilla to fancy artisanal flavors and homemade fruit pops to nostalgic novelty bars, few things are as delicious as an icy treat on a hot summer day.

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Plus, with National Ice Cream Day falling on July 19 this year, there's no better time to up your at-home ice cream and popsicle game. From top-rated ice cream makers to the cutest accessories, here's everything you need to up the ante for your next dessert party (or late-night snack).

1. Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker, $69.95

Nearly 500 positive reviewers agree: This is the go-to for easy and convenient at-home ice cream makers.

2. StarPack Home Ice Cream Freezer Storage Containers, Set of 2, $24.98

For storing pre-made ice cream in a sleek and protective way, enter this insulated tub.

3. West Elm Hand-Painted Pattern Pop Bowls, $10.50

Since some days call for multiple scoops, these adorable handpainted bowls are sure to add a pop of colorful fun.

4. Chef'n Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Maker (set of two), $36

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This adorable cookie mold makes homemade, perfectly sized ice cream sandwiches a breeze.

5. Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold, $34.24

From fruit juice to yogurt, turn any of your favorite snacks into a frozen treat.

6. MoMA Dip Ice Cream Scoop, $32

Set the mood right from the get-go by scooping up your ice cream with an ice cream cone.

7. CucinaPro Waffle Cone and Bowl Maker, $37.99

Or channel your childhood by whipping up a batch of old-school wafer cones from scratch.

8. Mity Rain Mini Silicone Pop Molds, $14.99

Mini pops are just more fun.

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9. Whynter 2.1 Quart Upright Bowl Ice Cream Maker, $340

For those who are serious about making homemade ice cream, this top-rated kit is like having an ice cream shop right in your kitchen.

10. Uncommon Goods Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set, $70

Take your ice cream toppings to a whole new level with this marble-and-bamboo mixing kit.

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Adria Valdes Greenhauff is a writer and editor based in Miami, Fla. She’s covered food, travel and lifestyle for numerous online publications including The Quench, The List, Vivala, Foodable, Recommend magazine and Miami New Times. She's also the host of the Better Food Stories podcast.