The Elusive Crunch Cone

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I am a big fan of Dairy Queen because it reminds me of my childhood. Our local store was a cute little nugget of an ice cream stand with a walkup window and eventually a drive thru that didn’t actually work. Every winter it closed for the season, making it all the more exciting when summer finally rolled around in frigid northern Illinois.

This is it!

It didn’t change its name to DQ or start serving cheeseburgers and whatnot when the “hot eats, cool treats” rebranding nonsense occurred. The only “hot eats” they had were hotdogs, BBQ sandwiches and nachos with that nasty bright yellow cheese sauce I loved so much as a child.

Trips to a Dairy Queen were a regular occurrence after most childhood sporting events. My brother played every sport imaginable so I got Dairy Queen by default. It was always coaches treat and I thought coaches must make a lot of money to buy that much ice cream. I now realize that ice cream for a team of 8-year-old tee ball players is probably about $20.

I wasn’t big on chocolate or ice cream in general as a kid so I always got a lime Mr. Misty (fruit slush) and nachos. If I did get ice cream, however, I always got the crunch cone. Oh, the glorious crunch cone. Does anyone know what I’m talking about? Because the girl at the DQ we visited the other night looked at me like I was crazy and offered me chocolate sprinkles.

Get your sprinkles out of my face! I’m offended. This is a crunch cone:

Dairy Queen Crunch Cone

It’s peanuts and magical crunchies and rainbow sprinkles and I love it and it’s apparently impossible to find. I know I’m not the only one looking though because this Facebook group exists and this blogger is on the hunt for the crunch.

Since a crunch cone wasn’t an option, I went with my third favorite Dairy Queen treat: a chocolate ice cream cone dipped in chocolate.

Clearly I like chocolate now

The hands down, very best bite of an ice cream cone is the very last one…

BEST

Have you had a crunch cone? Where can I find one within an hour drive of Charlotte??

12 thoughts on “The Elusive Crunch Cone

  1. we had a dairy queen walkup in my neighborhood growing up, too. maybe it was an illinois thing? i don’t know what i’d get, but i remember being really upset whenever it was closed for the not-summer :[ it was next to our library and eventually they tore it down and made a parking space out of it… :[

  2. Whatever to Dairy Queen…….we, now, have a Chik fil A in the Chicagoland area. One hour away. Someone take me. Nope, it’s Sunday. Maybe, sometime soon.

  3. Haha, my Mom and I love the cherry dipped vanilla cones. It’s very artificial and waxy, but same as you- it reminds me of childhood. Cherry dip is actually surprisingly hard to find as well. I’ve definitely asked for it and gotten some blank stares!

  4. You can get the crunch at dandi Lyons – if you don’t have one near you I can mail you the crunch coating to put on a cone – they sell it separately too! Let ms know :-)

    • that is awesome! but something tells me that having crunch magic around will result in me consuming it in oatmeal… and smoothies… and peanut butter… and by the handful. :) perhaps it’s best i don’t have it readily available.

    • PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP ABOUT THE CRUNCH COATING! I WOULD LOVE TO BUY SOME IF AVAILABLE. DAIRY QUEEN HERE IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI USE TO SELL IT BUT NOW THEY DON’T. IT JUST WOULDN’T BE SUMMER WITHOUT ONE!!

      THANKS, STACIE ALIM

  5. OMGosh! Stumbled across this page and I, too, have LOVED and grown up with the crunch cone at a Dairy Queen in Miamisburg, Ohio. I’ve lived many other places and NEVER have come across the wonderful DQ crunch cone at other DQs. or anywhere. IT was my favorite!

  6. I remember the crunch cone also. I have a dairy queen that still sells it. It is located in downtown Elkhart Indiana. Think I will have to have one today. :)

  7. I remember getting DQ crunch cones back in Nebraska. I havn’t seen them in over 20 years. Can you still get them at DQ’s in the midwest? It must have been a midwestern thing since I havn’t seen them at DQ’s here in Georgia.

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