Is ice cream better in a cup or a cone? | The Tylt

Is ice cream better in a cup or a cone?

After the decision is made to get ice cream (an easy decision to make, indeed), a million other choices stand between you and your refreshing scoops. Hot fudge or whipped cream? Mix-ins or toppings? And which toppings at that? Finally, the most important question comes: cup or cone? Fans of the cup say it's the easier vehicle, while cone-lovers argue its the cone is the quintessential way to eat ice cream. Which team are you on?

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According to the team at Grub Street, the ice cream cup is the perfect vessel, arguing the cup enables the eater to incorporate all flavors and toppings, as should be the case with any ice cream. 

Obviously, in a cup, the toppings are distributed more equitably. Do you know what’s sad? Running out of rainbow sprinkles after the first three licks of a cone. Or, having heftier toppings — brownie bites and cherries artfully plopped on top of the cone — slide right off when you go to take that first bite.

Furthermore, if it takes you longer than a few minutes to eat your ice cream, a cone will leave you with a melty, sticky mess. Cups, on the other hand, offer no such sloppiness. They are perfect for scoops-on-the-go.

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That's nice if you think a cup is better than a cone, but the opinion is just wrong. The cone infinitely improves the chosen ice cream. Sure, cones can be a challenge when not handled properly or under extreme weather circumstances, but a cone remains the right choice 10 out of 10 times. 

Whether it's a cake cone, a sugar cone or a waffle cone, the cone itself provides essential contrast in texture to the ice cream. Not only does the cone slow down the ice cream consumption—which is essential to enjoying the overall ice cream-eating experience—but it also creates less waste.

According to Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, the cone also acts as a better vehicle for a sensory eating experience. You can't argue with science. Per TheKitchn.com:

For Jeni, it’s always a cone, but not for the cone itself. Rather, it’s because a cone is the perfect vehicle for “smelling” ice cream: “When you lick off a cone, your tongue gets the perfect amount of ice cream. You have olfactory receptors behind your nose, in your mouth, and you get to experience sense from this other place. You’re really smelling it from the back side of your nose.”
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