Types of Ice Cream Cones

The cool, creamy sweetness of ice cream combined with the crispy crunch of an ice cream cone makes for the perfect summer treat. Cones enhance the taste and texture of your ice cream treats, so they are just as essential as the ice cream itself! Varieties like waffle cones and sugar cones add new flavors and textures to each ice cream serving. With different types of ice cream cones at your shop, you can increase your overall profits and find new ways to serve your most popular ice cream flavors! But how do you know which cones are the best for your busy concession stand or your ice cream parlor? This guide will help you decipher the different variations, features, and uses for each cone type!

Cake Cones

Cake cones, also referred to as wafer cones, are light, flaky, and subtly sweet. It's important to make sure that your cake cone isn't too bland, which risks a cardboard-like flavor, or too rich, which may over power the ice cream. With the correct combination of flours, sugar, and shortenings, a mix, similar to cake batter, is developed to create the model cake cone. Ideal for kid’s servings and samples to full sizes and double scoops, you’ll find these will fulfill a wide variety of your needs. Made with pastry, cake, and tapioca flours, these cones are the perfect blend of sweet and crispy for a tasty counterpart to your ice cream creation!

Pretzel Cones

For a salted and crunchy alternative to your traditional cone flavor, pretzel cones provide an interesting twist that will delight your customers' taste buds. The mixture of wheat flour, sugar, and salt provides a durable, more savory foundation for some of your richer ice cream flavors. The lightly salted exterior is designed to highlight the sweetness of each of your flavors for a perfect complement to your frozen treats! Perfect for soft serve or hand-dipped ice cream, these cones are an ideal base for your 1-2 scoop desserts.

Sugar Cones

Sugar cones are a classic, yet slightly sweeter, substitute to your traditional cake cone flavor. By adding molasses or brown sugar to the baking process, you’ll find these cones have a thicker, crunchier design, though they are generally smaller and darker in hue than others. Plus, the blend of flour and fiber increases the strength and thickness of sugar cones. Their sturdier exterior and conical shape help prevent breakage and spillage for your popular summer sweets!

Waffle Cones

For enhanced appearance and texture with your ice cream servings, waffle cones blend cake and pastry flours to produce their sweet and crunchy flavor. The addition of molasses or dark brown sugar to your cone batter provides the crispy, syrupy qualities, while fiber increases strength and reduces breakage. Created with a conical shape and waffled exterior, these cones are designed to collect any drips, making them perfect for children and adults alike. With an assortment of sizes, shapes, and flavors, you’ll have no problem finding the ideal waffle cone for your popular flavors!

Waffle Cone Mixes and Makers

To add a freshly-made, authentic feel to your ice cream cone selection, we offer do-it-yourself waffle cone mixes from Carnival King. Whether you run an ice cream parlor or simply have a soft serve machine at your dessert bar, each mix is a quick and easy-to-use addition that will delight your customers! Just add water and pour the batter into one of our commercial waffle cone makers to provide your patrons with old fashionedvanilla, or chocolate cones to complement their ice cream flavors. Choose from our selection of single grid cone makers like the Carnival King WCM1 or, for high-volume use, we offer double grid machines. You can even hand roll your cones with one of our mandrels or cone forming tools!

Ice Cream Cone Holders and Dispensers

Easily store, display, and dispense your assortment of ice cream cones with our ice cream cone holders and dispensers! Whether you offer cake, pretzel, sugar, or waffle cones, your customers will enjoy being able to see their options in one of our ice cream cone accessories before making a selection. For an eye-catching display, we offer a variety of holding cabinets and stands. Our selection of holders with sneeze guards and enclosed cabinets provide a more sanitary option for showcasing cones. To quickly and easily dispense cones in a more high-volume atmosphere, we offer both countertop and wall-mount ice cream cone dispensers for a variety of types and sizes.

Ice Cream Mixes and Toppings

Now that you know what type of cones and holders best suit your business, check out our selection of soft serve ice cream mixes! For an ideal way to broaden your customer base, Carnival King offers a non-dairy, gluten free mix that accommodates individuals with lactose or gluten intolerances. With both chocolate and vanilla flavors, you can delight your patrons with their favorite classics. Plus, you can turn any serving into an irresistible ice cream sundae with our flavorful and colorful assortment of toppings and syrups! Stocking your soft serve station with condiments like cookie crumbles, chopped peanuts, sprinkles, and more allows your customers to personalize their frozen creations, regardless of flavor.

Special Features

Adding unique options to your cones will help your business stand out and boost your profits. Upgrade your ice cream shop’s usual selection of cones and charge more for ice cream served in a specialty cone!

Waffle Bowls: For an edible base to your sundae and multiple scoop creations, we offer ice cream cone bowls. Your customers will no longer have to make the tough decision between a dish or a cone!

Chocolate Dipped: To add a hint of rich, chocolatey sweetness to any ice cream flavor, we offer chocolate dipped cones. Chocolate lovers of all ages won’t be able to resist this added feature!

Jacketed: A paper covering around your cone helps prevent messes and protects against outside contamination. For added sanitation, check out our selection of jacketed cones!

Gluten Free: With the prevalence of gluten-free diets, gluten allergies, and Celiac disease, it’s important to offer a gluten-free option for your customers. Adding these cones to your collection ensures that all patrons can indulge in your sweet and tasty products!


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