In reality, my small, Minnesota hometown did not have a lot of dining options. But in my 10 year old mind, it had all it needed: a DQ. Seasonally open, we anxiously awaited the sight of the lit neon sign in the window. It was hands down the best spot in town. After hours of perfecting our dives at the public pool, it was the spot we’d use the last ounce of remaining energy to pedal to the cool retreat under the cherry red awning. Our parents took us there for acing our math test and doing our chores. It was the spot where during track practice, we’d conveniently map out a route that ended at the order window. As we got older, it was the spot we’d go hand-in-hand with the crush of the week and share a milkshake. Over the years, many memories were made at nothing more than a chain Dairy Queen.
My favorite frozen concoction has and always will exhibit A:
Simply known as the elusive crunch cone, the ingredients have always been a mystery. You knew the basics: sprinkles and some kind of candied nut, but are they peanuts or cashews? Toffee or Caramel? For the first time in the history of the world wide web, the internet was not helpful for the search. In fact, turns out the crunch cone topping is only available in certain geographical locations and the ingredients are more difficult to track down than Busch’s Baked Beans. At this I was determined to show the world the brilliance that is the Dairy Queen Crunch Cone.
Upon a few trial and error experiments, it’s actually simple and the results are a near replica. As you can imagine, it was quite the day in my household and I don’t even want to share the amount of ice cream that was actually consumed….
DQ Candy Crunch Cones
1/2 Canister (12 oz) of Butter Toffee Covered Peanuts
1 Shaker (4 oz) of Multi-colored Sprinkles
Vanilla Ice Cream
Cake Cones (I used these adorable mini cones)
Pulse peanuts a few times in a food processor
Pour into a shallow dish and add sprinkles
Put ice cream in cone and roll in crunch mix
Even now, living in a bigger city with endless fro yo, custard, gelato, and novelty ice cream shops within mere minutes of my apartment, I find myself craving the sweet candy coating covering a mound of soft serve ice cream in a [sometimes stale] cake cone valued at $2.09 from the neighborhood DQ.