June 10, 2013 Updated: June 10, 2013 at 7:45 am
This week I tried a new Chocolate Frosty Waffle Cone at Wendy's.
Don't worry, Wendy's hasn't tinkered with the Frosty formula; it's just made the Frosty easier to eat with one hand ... by swirling the soft frozen dessert into a crispy, sweet waffle cone. Rewarding yourself with a Frosty after a burger-and-fries lunch is an American classic. Now you can grab dessert to go.
The iconic Frosty was introduced in 1969 as part of Wendy's original menu. Until now, dessert freaks have had to use a spoon or, alarmingly, french fries to eat a Frosty. Let's stop right there, kids. I know it sounds fun, and it probably grosses out your parents, but don't dip your fries into a Frosty. It's ridiculous. Next week, we'll discuss dipping your pizza into a vat of ranch dressing.
Here's the Chocolate Frosty Waffle Cone blueprint: a "small" serving of Frosty in a sweet waffle cone.
Right off, a big advantage of the waffle cone over a paper cup is you can eat the cone - no muss, no fuss, no trash to throw away.
We all love the Frosty from Wendy's. It's a delicately chocolate dairy dessert that's somewhere between ice cream and a thick shake. If you want to get technical, a Chocolate Frosty is really a Chocolate-Vanilla Frosty - it's got vanilla in it. Wendy's founder Dave Thomas thought pure chocolate was too strong a flavor. So he cut the chocolate with vanilla.
A Vanilla Frosty, which definitely is the lesser Frosty, is straight vanilla. It's got about the same nutritional numbers as the Chocolate Frosty.
One of the things I appreciate most about the Frosty is that chocolate came first. Most soft-serve-ice-cream shops have vanilla as the default setting. But at Wendy's, the Vanilla Frosty wasn't unleashed until 2006.
Chocolate beats vanilla like paper covers rock. The best part of a long car trip is finding a Dairy Queen on a lonely, dark highway that serves chocolate cones. I mean chocolate cones dipped in a chocolate shell, with chocolate jimmies on top.
A word of warning: A Frosty melts pretty quickly - faster than ice cream. Usually, I start eating my Frosty with a spoon ... and drink the second half. So a cup might be the neater play.
A Frosty Waffle Cone packs the same amount of Frosty product as a regular small Frosty in a cup. Here's the only real difference: A Frosty Waffle Cone is $1.49. A small Frosty in a cup is $1.
Do you like a cone 50 cents' worth?