On the last day of our honeymoon in Italy, the Chef and I stopped for one more gelato in Rome. After savoring every bite of that pistachio in a cone, I looked at the countertop and stopped breathing for a moment. “Il Cono per Tutti” a cone for all. A gluten-free ice cream cone, in a gelato place, in Rome.
I ordered another gelato, just to have the experience.
And when we left, I thought, “Of course, I’m only going to find something like that in Italy.”
So, imagine my surprise last weekend, when I stood in a dinky grocery store in Burien (a city just south of Seattle), looked at the shelves, and stopped breathing for a moment. “Gluten-free ice cream cones?!” I shouted out to the Chef. I grabbed one immediately.
We were waiting, in that store near the airport, for the Chef’s brother, who was stocking up on groceries for his trip to Whistler. We had never been in that store. We might never have seen these.
A few nights later, I had the chance to try one. The Chef and I curled up on the couch to watch a movie, and I had the sudden urging for an ice cream cone. Not expecting much, I crunched down on the shell after licking around the vanilla.
“Oh good god,” I blurted out.
“What?” the Chef worried.
“This ice cream cone. It actually tastes good.”
After watching me exclaim about the sweetness from the demerara sugar (no high fructose corn syrup), the way the cone didn’t shatter at the slightest touch, and the joys of eating an ice cream cone again, for the first time in years, the Chef sat up and walked to the kitchen.
“Where are you going?” I asked him.
“I can’t stand it any longer. I have to have an ice cream cone too.”
He has pronounced them delicious, much better than the tasteless cones we all ate as kids. (Think scary clown on the box.) These taste like real food.
I never did have an ice cream craving while I was pregnant. But thanks to these cones, I have one now.
These are new to the market, produced by Edward and Sons Trading Company. I hear they’re soon to be available widely, but I can’t promise where you’ll find them. Ask around. They’re worth the search. It seems the Gluten-Free Trading Company has some available online right now.