We’re all very comfortable with the beauty of homemade ice cream, of churning your own, of scraping a vanilla bean into cream and having your own little homemade stash tucked away in the freezer, sweetened and flavored precisely to your liking. Cones, on the other hand, are always assumed store-bought.
As with hot dog buns and sprinkles, we rarely consider making our own ice cream cones; we’re too comfortable with their en masse commercial production, the little plastic sleeves they come in, the way that wafer cones crumble at the edges and begin to sog after 30 seconds full of soft serve. But make them we can! And make them we should.
Luckily, SAVEUR’s test kitchen assistant Jake Cohen has developed a recipe for waffle cones using a pizzelle maker, which is traditionally used to make Italian waffle cookies. Watch him form the little waffles into cones, then try your hand at them, and fill them with your favorite ice cream, be it homemade or store-bought. A tip: We recommend the Cuisinart Pizzelle Maker, which you can buy on Amazon.