Saturday, May 24, 2008

What happened to the crunch cone?

One of my favorite summer treats is a Dairy Queen crunch cone. I have been eating these for years and years. When I was in graduate school and college we would often take breaks and head over to Dairy Queen where I would relish the crunch cone in the bright sunshine before heading back into the library-cave to continue studying. In fact in graduate school we strategically placed our apartment within walking distance of TWO Dairy Queens... or maybe there were so many Dairy Queens in Minneapolis that every apartment was within walking distance of a Dairy Queen...

When we moved into Seattle we were hugely disappointed in the overall lack of ice cream especially within walking distance of our apartment. Here in Seattle the only Diary Queen we can find is way out on the East Side and after you haul yourself all the way over there they've never even heard of a crunch cone!

In fact when I do a Google Search for a dairy queen crunch cone nothing comes up that resembles what I am thinking of. And this is not some long-lost childhood crazy memory, it's something I ate just last summer at a Dairy Queen in Iowa. Is this just a midwest thing?

Well anyway, a new ice cream place opened recently in our neighborhood. It isn't Dairy Queen but it is homemade ice cream and they have exotic flavors like Balsamic Strawberry and Honey Lavendar and Salty Caramel. We were innocently going to the bank today and on the way we somehow found ourselves walking out of their store laden with their delicious homemade ice cream in several flavors. The lavendar is particularly hypnotic.

4 comments:

Peggy said...

(trying unsuccessfully to mask look of horror) What? No crunch cones? That must not be a proper Dairy Queen. I have had them (possibly the best ice cream cone known to man) in North Dakota, Minnesota and the Dairy Queen on Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

Next you're going to tell me that there are no Dilly bars or those Dilly Bar Parfaits with the salty peanuts in them. (heaven!)

Anonymous said...

I just googled the crunch cone and up popped your blog comment on it. The high school I graduated from has a website and it was one of the topics this past week. No one seems to be able to find them anymore. I LOVED those crunch cones. I worked at a Dairy Queen when I was in high school and we use to mix the crunch topping with hot fudge and poor it over a sundae too...yummmmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Na na na na na na ;) I just had a DIP AND CRUNCH cone here in Fargo, ND. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this is true or not, but in KS, Topeka to be specific, only one of our three Dairy Queen shops has the crunch cone! When I questioned one of the noncarriers, the staff (very young kid) said it was b/c people were not cleaning off the crunch container after getting ice-cream on it. Hence, it was a liability issue as it could make someone sick (what happened to the simple life and life's simple pleasures...a.k.a. the crunch cone!?