“ Type: Ice Cream „
Now I have children ice creams are one of the many items on their most wanted list, especially on warmer days. If you buy them from a van or cafe they can be very expensive so I have resorted to making them at home and promising them as a treat we can have at home!
I came across the Askey brand of cones and cornets in my local Sainsburys and they are now a store cupboard favourite. We use the ice cream cornet cups which come in a box of 21 - 3x7 in foil packaging which means you can keep them fresher for longer as they can go soggy if not sealed. They come in a blue cardboard box and are priced at £1.20 so a fraction of what you would pay for one from an ice cream van.
The cornet cups are ideal for kids as they have a flat base so can be filled easier and can be put down if needed without the contents spilling out! The cornets are light and crispy and don't fall apart when filled. All you need is a tub of your favourite ice cream and some sprinkles or a flake depending on what you like as an accompaniment!
My kids love tgese and I love the cost saving of making them at home! Recommended to anyone who wants an inexpensive treat on a hot day.
I love ice cream no matter what the weather. In fact, there is something much more satisfying about cold ice cream in the winter months. Since the ice cream van doesn't come during the winter, I end up buying shop bought ice cream cones and then fill them up myself with my desired flavor, usually mint chocolate chip. The brand that I usually buy cones from is called 'Askeys' and they are very easily found in big superstores. I purchase mine from Tesco for 75 pence. That is 75 pence for 21 cones. Pretty cheap considering they come nicely packaged in a big blue box and are sealed inside with plastic foil to ensure that they are crispy when you purchase them.
I have to say though, they are not like the ones we get from the ice cream van and nor are they like the fresh ones we get from ice cream stands. But, they do the job pretty well, especially when they are the only option. They are light and crispy and have a golden colour to them just like cones are supposed to. I really enjoy filling the cones as they are pretty easy to do. The wafer of the cone isn't too thin that is breaks, but also isn't as strong so you do have to make sure the ice cream is a little on the softer side in order to scoop the ice cream right down to the bottom of the cone. If you try to push the ice cream down while it is hard, the cone is likely to break, I have had that happen to me when I am a little impatient.
The wafer cones are even nice to eat alone, without the ice cream. If I am feeling a little peckish, I do find myself reaching out for an empty ice cream cone. It tastes pretty nice. Not particularly of any flavor, the flavor is rather bland to be honest, but it still tastes good. Also, you could even bake the cones with cake batter filled inside and it makes an interesting dessert, especially with children. When I do have little children come to my house I find that these ice cream cones are the perfect way to keep them busy. They fill them up, decorate them, eat them and go home really happy!
Over all, they are an amazing idea. I really like the way they taste and love the fact that I can decorate my ice cream cone however I like.
I once picked these up on whim whilst trolling the ice cream section. At the cheap price of £0.99 for 21 cones, it didn't seem like a bad deal. I also wanted that experience of scooping out some ice cream and plonking it onto a cone from the comforts of my own kitchen...strange? Perhaps. But I have never regretted buying this product, as I have found that it goes well with almost any ice cream.
Seven cones are wrapped in three foil wrappers and packaged in a cardboard box. The cardboard box is much like a cereal box, easy to open and close in the same way a cereal box does. I find that when the foil wrap is opened, if the cones are not consumed within a few weeks it does soften a little bit and can taste a little bit like paper, however sometimes I like that.
The cones are an off-whiteish brownish colour, much like cones you get from and ice cream shop or cinema. However they are not as sweet and rich...or even as crunchy as others. In fact they are very mildly sweet and they are quite thin. I personally prefer this cone as it does not distract from the flavour of the ice cream, but adds a different kind of texture to the ice cream. Eaten as it is with a scoop or two of ice cream on top, can be tasty, though as the wafer is quite thin, once the melted ice cream reaches the bottom of the cone, this softens it a lot...sometimes to the point that before you reach the bottom of the cone the ice cream starts seeping through the pores, hence the downside is that it can leave a bit more of sticky mess than a thicker cone.
The other way to eat it is by crushing the cone into ice cream in a bowl. I find the best way to eat this is by ensuring that most of the bits are soaked in melted ice cream, this gives it a soft and crunchy texture, which just makes it really yummy!
Tastes best mainly with chocolate ice creams, particularly the richer ice creams like Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry's as the cone itself is not rich, so it compliments these ice creams rather than over powering them.
The cones are available in chocolate flavour as well, and I've found that the chocolate flavour cones are best eaten as a cone with a scoop or two of Haagen Dazs Belgian Chocolate Ice cream. The chocolate cones, have a subtle taste of chocolate in them, but have a hint more of papery taste than the vanilla cones, however they are still very tasty, and I enjoy both cones equally.
Overall a great addition to those fun ice cream moments, five stars for Askeys Cones.
I love this time of year, the weather usually improves and we finally get a little bit of sunshine. In addition a bored six year old can finally get outside and play in the garden. Usually however he invites the entire street to come and play with him also which inevitably means that I end up spending a fortune on buying ice lollies and ice-cream cones for them all. I was shopping in my local Morrison's and decided that to save myself a fortune this year that I would invest in a rather large tub of ice-cream, a metal scoop and some Askeys cones. It is these that I will now review.
The shelves were full of this type of product however the reason that I chose Askeys cones was due to the fact that my son liked the picture of the funny face on the front of the box and the rather appetising looking picture of a strawberry ice-cream cone on the front. He I have to say thought that this is what was inside the box ice-cream and all!!! In addition the outer packaging contains the company logo and the wording "create a little magic". The colours on the box are predominantly navy blue and green. There is a small air vent too which also serves to keep the product fresh. The box I picked up was the party coronets variety containing 21 cones inside costing £1.20. Upon opening the packaging the products within were wrapped in foil. There were three separate packets each with seven cones inside. I thought that this was a great idea as it would help to keep the unused cones from going soft too quickly and keep them fresher for longer.
The cones themselves looked like standard wafer cones; however there was multi-coloured food dye on each one in red yellow and green vertical stripes. They thankfully were quite substantially made if you can say that for a wafer as little boys tend to be quite rough. The cones themselves were quite sweet however generally very pleasant tasting. They were also very crunchy. I would also recommend that they be eaten outside as there were a lot of crumbs. They seemed to take a lot of punishment as well from dripping ice-cream melted by the sun which prevented the cone from going to soggy to quickly. The draw-back however was the multi-coloured hands that presented themselves to me ten minutes after consumption!!! I would definitely recommend these for the novelty factor and a super taste.
Askeys as a company actually make several different types of cone and due to the messy hands on these occasions I think that I will probably purchase one of their different versions (dye-free) next time round. They make plain cornets, cup cornets with flat bottoms which wont fall over probably more suited to younger children and ice-cream wafers to make your very own ice-cream sandwich if you so desire. Definitely something to suit all occasions and ages.
The cones themselves are suitable for vegetarians; they contain artificial sweeteners, gluten, and Soya and milk proteins.
Nutritional Information per 100g
Askeys also make lots of other products I would suggest taking a look at their website for further information.
In the constant quest for "something different" ice cream wise, I found these little beauties hidden amongst the jellies and instant whips at my local Asda store.
The product I will now review are "Askeys party cones".
~~~~~~ THE PACKAGING ~~~~~~
These come in a large rectangular box, blue and bright green in colour, on the front is the "askeys" brand name at the top over looking the product name.
The title simply states "21 party cones", the 21 and the cones part of the text is a cream colour but the party part is in vivid and eye catching colours.
In the right hand corner there is a cartoon clown eating one of the party cones filled with strawberry ice cream and a small starfish with a wand ,and the statement underneath reading "create a little magic!"
Finally there is a small oval cut-out in the right hand corner to show one of the packs of cones and to reiterate the fact that these are now foil packed for freshness.
~~~~~~ THE CONTENTS ~~~~~~
On opening the box you will see there are three foil cylinders of cones, these each contain seven cones a piece, this is a much better idea than having a singular bag, as the cones tend to soften up after a couple of days, this way there is less wastage.
As these were bought for my children they are both hanging around at this point, waiting to see what the cones actually look like.
I rip open the foil packet, very easily, and remove a cone, (they are designed to slot together, and so protecting the handle of the cornet within the next cone), the first thing that strikes me is the colour scheme.
There are vivid red, green, yellow and blue stripes running from the base up to the cup part of the cone, aside from that fact they look no different from bog standard ice cream cones.
~~~~~~ THE TASTE ~~~~~~
I have always thought that cornets have a cardboard taste and texture to them, the sweetness that is noticeable I find is derived from the filling.
This does not make them unpleasant, the opposite in fact, who wants something that is going to steal the thunder of your favourite ice cream flavour.
This tastes exactly the same as normal cornets, I did think the stripes may have added a little something different but was mistaken.
~~~~~~ NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ~~~~~~
Per cornet these contain - 13 kcal
Less than 0.1g of fat
That makes these absolutely no weight watchers points, I have to be honest I was surprised, delighted and somewhat excited by this fact until my darling daughter pointed out that, that was without any ice cream in them, which defeats the whole point really doesn't it!
The list of ingredients include - wheat flour, raising agent, vegetable oil, milk, salt, sugar and sweetener, the more slightly concerning fact are the five different "E" numbers in this product, I can only assume these are present solely because of the colour stripes, but worth being aware of for the slightly more hyperactive children, wouldn't want to recommend these to you, then five minutes after you have given them to your children, your having to peel them off the ceiling, I can't imagine the messages I would receive from your good self's!
Also worth noting is the fact that these are suitable for vegetarians but not for people with allergies against gluten, Soya or milk proteins.
~~~~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~
I had not noticed these before, I truly thought they were a new product, but according to my mum they have been around for a few years now.
As I mentioned before these were purchased from Asda for the price of 99p, not sure if it was a special offer, as the prices fluctuate so quickly in Asda nowadays, but that's a review in itself!
~~~~~~ FAVOURITES ~~~~~~~
I have been to parties as a youngster where the host, (ie my mates mum!), has filled the cornet handle with small diced fruit then topped with ice cream. I even went to one party where the handle has been filled with pre prepared jelly, the fact the host failed to tell us that little fact in advance only added to the enjoyment and of course added to the severity of the mess in the carpet.
My favourite way of eating these is to get as much ice cream into the cone as possible, intermitten with chocolate sauce and squirty cream, it has to be squirty cream and not pouring cream as it obviously freezes to the ice cream, then finally a final flourish of strawberry sauce and a handful of sprinkles, preferably hundreds and thousands.
Then I bite the bottom off the cone and literally suck the ice cream out, I know, sounds an arse backwards way of doing it, but hey ho!
As a green and ecological alternative to party bags you could fill a cornet with small sweets for the homeward bound party guests, so when the sweets have been finished they can just eat the cone, so as removing the left over plastic bag.
We will be doing this for my daughters 7th birthday party, which this year is beach themed!
~~~~~~ CONCLUSION ~~~~~~
These are a visually enticing product that I do recommend, even though the cone tastes no different, the wow factor makes up for that, or at least my kids think so!
For more information on this and the many other sorts of wafer products Askeys manufacture visit -www.askeys.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
Top your cone with your favourite ice cream flavour!