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Ice Cream: Thoughts on Cones

Was at an ice cream stand in Southern NH last night, watching a parade of cones go by me as I demurely ate my sugar free Italian ice.

Waffle cones, waffle bowls, chocolate chip cones...the whole nine yards.

When I was a little girl, the "plain" cone was what my family ordered at ice cream stands. Its airy, flaky texture and neutral flavor were a good foil to the homemade (in house) ice creams in sweet flavors like native strawberry, blueberry, etc.

I first discovered the sugar cone from an ice cream truck--the "king Cone" that came fully formed, in a sugar cone with a chocolate "stopper" at the lower tip. I used to order the sugar cone when I ordered a slightly "salty" ice cream flavor, like tangy lime sherbet.

Do you have a cone preference? Does your preference vary by ice cream flavor? Nowadays, I'm an Italian-ice-in-a-cup gal, but when I saw the stand charging 4 bucks for a waffle bowl, I had to ask the 'Hounds.

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  1. I love the good old fashioned sugar cones. I love how they taste with strawberry ice cream. A marshmallow makes a good stopper too!

    I like waffle cones, but depending on the flavor and size of them, they can overwhelm the ice cream if you're just getting a scoop or two. Waffle bowls sound great for banana splits or tin roof sundaes though! :)

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    1. Kids like cones; adults don't generally want to waste the calories.

      1. even as a kid I wasn't a big fan of cones. If a cone was the only option, and I had a choice I'd get the sugar cone.

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        1. re: jujuthomas

          I still enjoy a cake cone (the non-sugar variety). Sugar was always too ... sweet.

          1. re: jujuthomas

            Ditto. I am not a big fan of crunchy sweets/cookies in general, and cones definitely fall in that category. Cake cones taste like styrofoam to me, so I prefer sugar cones, but generally speaking I go for a cup if at all possible.

          2. I love both. I love how the sugar cones add sweetness to ice cream, and also love the contrast of the plain cone and sweetness of ice cream.

            1. When I was a kid, I used to like to bite a hole in the bottom of the cone and then try to eat all the ice cream quickly before it started melting and dripping out. For some reason, that really pissed off my mom.

              Nowadays, I'd rather have my ice cream/Italian ice/gelato in a nice safe cup or bowl, to avoid any danger of dripping.

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              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                I used to do that, too! My mother would say "Could you eat like a human being?"

                The sugar cones in our area come with paper wrappers on the lower half...we would just wrap a napkin around ours back in the day, but I'm sure it's for sanitary reasons. Anyway, at our local stand they have a "doggie sundae" which is simply a small dollop of vanilla soft serve with a sugar cone and a Milkbone stuck on top. I could.not.peel.off. that paper cleanly for the life of me. The dog had a couple of bites from the top of the cone and the Milkbone, and the rest went in the trash. The paper wouldn't have killed him, but still. Not nice.

                So that's another thumbs up on the bowl/cup.

                1. re: pinehurst

                  Is the sugar okay for dogs? My husband loves to buy the dog ice cream from Kroger and they love it.

                  1. re: holypeaches

                    Probably bad for their teeth. Does your dog get dental checkups?

                  2. re: pinehurst

                    It's a 2-3 times a summer thing, usually once at an ice cream stand and once with the McDonald's soft serve.. Yes, he's a hound, and a lot of hound breds (esp sight hounds) need to get regular dental checkups, moreso even than other breeds. I also brush his teeth, but that's because he's spoiled rotten, OT.

                    1. re: pinehurst

                      In our house weekly brushing with bacon flavored paste is mandatory. As an owner of small breeds, typically meaning longer life, teeth has been an issue. Fortunately (not really) I no longer have the hair brushing "project" (3 Pomeranians simultaneously).