What Better on a Hot Summer Night…

Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream Cone © 2008 Bo Mackison

…than taking a stroll to the corner dairy store for a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a Safe-T Cup cone? When I was a kid, the ice cream always dripped faster than I could lick it and my arm would be streaked with the sweet stickiness to my elbow. And the cone? It always tasted a bit like cardboard – a slightly sweet cardboard, but cardboard nonetheless.

In these days of franchises and fast food, are there many real “dairy stores” any longer? Places where they make the ice cream in the back? As a kid, I only had to walk down the street to visit Deters Dairy Store, but it is likely I’m dating myself. Yes?

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  1. Gandalf says:

    I guess it depends on how far you’d like to walk now a days. That’s a neat shot of the megacone. You would likely have melting on more than just your arm, if you tried a cone the size of your photo. Where was this item located?

    Makes me a bit hungry, too.

  2. Nothing says summer better than soft-serve. Love how you’ve captured the cone. Really nice!

  3. One of our rituals when leaving the Pecos Mountains is to stop in the town of Pecos at the local Dairy Queen. I had a Dilly Bar; the girls each a sundae, and Jim got the Buster Bar. Yum.

    Great giant cone. What a flash from the past.

  4. Now this isn’t fair…I just got back from the dentist and I was told not to eat for the next 2 hours and nothing too cold or hot until tomorrow and of course I am starving and now also craving ice cream!!! 🙂

    We used to get the frozen custard from Kohr’s on the boardwalk in the same cones and it was yummy but always melted faster than I could eat it too. This reminds me of that childhood memory and that of my kids getting them as well. Nice nostalgic photo.

  5. It is a nice nostalgic photo as Laurie said, and brings back memories. When I was a kid, it was always a treat to get a soft-serve from the Dairy Cream…. something like that back then. LOL The best I had, though, was the concretes, a frozen custard, in St. Louis. 🙂

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