Is it ever too cold for ice cream? Well, not if you don’t have to go out for it. I can’t imagine there are too many people who would put an ice cream maker on their list of essential or even ‘nice to have’ kitchen gadgets. I’d certainly rank it well below the breadmaker. But perhaps an ice cream maker designed by Heston Blumenthal will inspire some creative flavour inventions plus the Smart Scoop comes with some hints and tips from the man himself to get you started.

The stainless steel appliance looks very smart but there are 12 automatic hardness settings so you don’t have to keep your eye on it all the time. Probably the coolest feature on this machine is the little ice cream van tune its plays to let you know your dessert is ready. The Smart Scoop will keep your ice cream/gelato/frozen yogurt perfectly chilled for up to 3 hours.

Availble at Lakeland, John Lewis and Amazon from £349.95