We all clearly scream for ice cream, but it’s the cone that doesn’t get the shouts of praise it deserves. Whether it’s cake, sugar, or waffle, there’s no denying the power of ice cream’s edible vessel. In celebration of this last day of National Ice Cream Month (which is essentially the best holiday since Christmas), we’ve rounded up 12 unique takes on cones that are far from vanilla. From fish mouths and cones-on-the-cob to cereal-inspired creations you can make in your own kitchen, these are the most bizarre, yet delicious options from around the world. Dig in—but if you try one, Instagram it first!

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Fish-Shaped Cones (Taiyaki)

Fish-shaped cones were all the rage when Taiyaki NYC opened its doors last fall, but have no fear: These don’t taste anything like salmon skin rolls.

“Doughnut” Trdelníks

You’re going to have to jet to Prague for a taste of these moan-inducing delights. Sometimes they line the insides with melted chocolate or Nutella, which will have anyone believing there is a God.

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Charcoal Cone

The black-dyed trend will never die and you have LA-based Little Damage to thank. We just hope this cone doesn’t yield the same unfortunate outcome as a Black Whopper.


Our minds were blown with the introduction of Choco-Tacos in the late ’90s, so the Toronto’s Booyah is obviously taking a step in the right direction.

Cone on the Cob

Pastry mastermind Dominique Ansel debuts a summer cone in Japan’s Omotesando with grilled corn on the cob topped with caramel sweet corn soft serve and caramel corn. Just take all of our yen.

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Egg Waffles

Hong Kong gets it right when it comes to trendy foods and over-the-top desserts. The egg waffle was no exception. And while the novelty has worn off, there’s no denying the power of the bubble.

Pretzel Cone

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Salty and sweet? Sign us up. No, seriously. Sign us up for your next summer BBQ, because we’re going to want one of these. NY-based Ample Hills Creamery makes an excellent one.

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Rice Krispies Cone

Since ice cream is essentially upgraded milk, a Rice Krispie treat cone is an upgrade to Rice Krispie Treats cereal. It makes sense in our head. Get the Rice Krispie Treat Ice Cream Cone recipe.


This is absolutely ridiculous, but in the best way possible. If your love for fried pork knows no bounds, this is the cone for you (and, unfortunately, your cholesterol). Get the Bacon Ice Cream Cone recipe.

Cookie Cones

While we’d certainly prefer an ice cream cookie sandwich (because #obviously), we wouldn’t turn down a cookie cone. And since they’re easy to make, we’ll probably treat ourselves to one in the not-so-distant future. Get the Cookie Ice Cream Cone recipe.

Fruity Pebbles Cone

A colorful and nostalgic creation that will have you saying “Yabadabadoo!” All you need is some cereal milk ice cream for the perfect finishing touch. Get the Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream Cone recipe.

J Cone

These extra-long, curved cones originated in Seoul. Made of puffed corn (think unsweetened Cap’n Crunch) and piped full of soft serve, these look a little ridiculous, but are genius at stopping drips. Plus, you can reenact Sweaty Sax Guy’s moves before you take a bite. If you’re in Hawaii, check out Hawaiian Honey Cones for a similar treat.

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Joey is a NYC-based writer/editor, TV/radio personality, editor-at-large for Chowhound, author of "Basic Bitchen," and host of "Dish This." His work has been featured in outlets like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, Travel+Leisure, and BuzzFeed. Prior to a career in editorial, he served as the lead publicist for hit TLC shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "My Strange Addiction," and "My Crazy Obsession." In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, visiting the beaches of Naples, Fla. (his hometown), worshipping Beyoncé, eating sour candy, writing depressing poetry, interior design, and perfecting his stand-up comedy routine. He's also been struck by lightning—quite the shocking experience.
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