The Joy of Cake Cups!

The Joy of Cake Cups!

The first ice cream cone you ever held as a child, probably wasn’t a cone at all, but rather a cake cup.

Cake cups seem to be custom made for kids; they’re easy to hold and, because they’re lighter and thinner, they’re easy to eat. Plus, unlike sugar cones or waffle cones, cake cups have a flat bottom so they’re easy to set down.

Because they’re so tasty, cake cups often stay a favorite long after little hands have turned into bigger ones, which is why…besides the traditional size…Joy Cone Co. makes Mini Cups and Jumbo Cups, so there’s a perfect size for everyone and every age group.

In the long history of ice cream cones, which started with the sugar cone and the waffle cone, the cake cup is a relative newcomer, having been introduced in the late 1930s or early 1940s. Rather than being thick and extra-crunchy, like sugar or waffle cones, cake cups are made with a pastry-type batter, giving them a more wafer-like texture. 

In the late 1960s, owner Joe George initiated the “Joy” retail brand, which opened the business to new markets. During the same period, the company also opened a machine shop and began manufacturing new cake cup molds and, by 1969, the popularity of the cake cup helped the company build its first addition, a new warehouse, in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. 

The cake cup was thoughtfully designed with a larger cylinder at the top than at the bottom, so even more ice cream can be packed into the cup. The cake cup is also designed with reservoirs, or vertical wafer partitions, at the top and at the very bottom of the cup. These reservoirs not only provide stability but also become little pockets of goodness when the cup is packed with ice cream. In fact, those bottom reservoirs, which are meant to keep the cone crisp to the last bite, also ensure the perfect finish when eating the cup. That last bite of delicious wafer and ice cream is many people’s favorite part.

Originally, the cake cup was designed to make it easier for ice cream shops to serve because the cup, with its flat bottom, could be set down on a counter after being made. But when the baby boomers came along in the late 1940s, 50s, and 60s, parents discovered it was the perfect container for a new generation of ice cream lovers.

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Since the days of the baby boomers, many new generations of kids have come along, all enjoying the many advantages the cake cup provides to even the very youngest ice cream aficionados.

Another, more recent perk that cake cups provide, is the variety of styles that Joy Cone supplies to consumers. There are Joy Cone Birthday Cake Dipped Cups, a limited-time treat where we’ve coated the bell of the cup from the rim, just above the nesting ring, in a red, orange, & blue-sprinkled white confectionery coating.

We also have the Joy Cone Chocolatey Dipped Cups. We’ve coated the top of our popular cake cup with a creamy milk chocolate. It’s like eating a chocolate sundae in a cone!

Other varieties of cake cups include Color Cups, which includes an equal number of pink, blue, and purple cups in each box, Jumbo Cups, and Mini Cups, and even a Gluten Free Ice Cream Cups for those with an intolerance to gluten.

 And, while it’s perfectly acceptable to just scoop some ice cream into the cake cup of your choosing, Joy Cone has some creative ideas on how to use them in ways your friends and family will love, like Joy Spring Crispy Cones, Chocolate Acorn Cupcake Cones, No-Hassle Tailgate Party Foods, Geode-Inspired Ice Cream Cones, Syracuse Grape Pie Cake Cones, as well as seasonal treats like Joy Cone Santa Hat Bites, Halloween Cake-Ball Cone Treats, Easter Candy Cones, and a lot more that can be found on the Joy Cone Recipes page. 

Joy Cone has somehow improved on the perfectly designed cake cup with flavors and sizes to suit everyone’s taste…including yours!

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