Unitasker Wednesday: Cool Cones

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes β€” we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Is eating store-bought ice cream bringing you down? Well, let Cool Cones turn that around!

Cool Cones: Like an ice cream cone without the yummy cone!

Cool Cones: Like the multipurpose spoon and bowl, but with only one very specific ice-cream-related purpose!

Cool Cones: Perfect for when your child just wants to eat a single tablespoon of ice cream!

Thanks to reader Alex for tipping us off to this unitasker.

35 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Cool Cones”

  1. posted by Ramblings of a Woman on

    A single tablespoon of ice cream? Or of anything? Can be eaten perfectly fine off a REGULAR SPOON! Amazing.

    Another example of needing to prune unnecessary items from our lives!

  2. posted by Jen on

    It’s like an ice cream cone push pop device? I’m seriously asking, I’m having a hard time figuring out what exactly this thing does.

  3. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Jen — I think so, but MUCH smaller than a regular push pop. In other pictures it looks like it’s about half the size of a roll of quarters.

  4. posted by Grant on

    My favorite is that one of the comments on Amazon praises the device for eliminating the hassle of scooping ice cream, after saying they make their own ice cream and pour it directly into the contraption.

    Apparently, trying to get ice cream from the maker to the device is… easier… than just scooping from a tub to a bowl.

  5. posted by Yuliya on

    I actually bought one of these at Bed Bath and Beyond (and later returned it). I agree it’s a unitasker. However, it’s not just a tablespoon! I’m not sure where you got that. It’s definitely bigger than a roll of quarters (at least in width — roughly the same in length). And yes, it works like a push pop. I actually love eating ice cream bars on a stick rather than with a spoon or in a waffle cone.

  6. posted by Pat on

    Looks like the volume is 1/2 cup, about a serving of ice cream. Might be handy for someone with portion control issues, but then again so would… a 1/2 c. measuring cup. Or just a smaller bowl.

  7. posted by Karen on

    As much as I haaaate to say it, this would be very nice for kids with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. I have celiac disease, and have had to give up that ice cream cone experience. There’s something about holding the ice cream and eating it…rather than eating from a bowl. So yeah, if i had a kid with celiac disease, and I didnt’ want to keep buying expensive gluten free ice cream cones (which are hard to find and often stale, anyway), I might get this for their summer ice cream experience.

    It would make them feel less like they’re missing out on something cool, I think.

  8. posted by Erin T. on

    Every week, I dread reading your Wednesday unitasker post. I feel like with all the effort you take ripping apart unitasker gadgets, you could maybe take some time to consider whether these devices might be useful to some people. I understand the uncluttering appeal of removing unitaskers from your inventory, but sometimes they may just be a useful way to stock up on reusable items. With all the fabulous advice you give to people to seek ways to improve their lives, these particular posts are very disappointing.

  9. posted by Tiffany on

    Okay, if it actually is the size of a regular push-pop, I can see the appeal, even if I wouldn’t have it in my house. Because really, what good is a reusable push-pop device without a regular supply of that weird orange ice cream stuff.

    And when I find myself dreading a particular piece of text, I avoid reading it… Speaking of simplifying my life.

  10. posted by Lisa on

    That photo had me so confused I had to follow the link to see the product on Amazon… Note to CoolCones marketing dept: Crop in on your product in action. Perhaps try a higher camera angle. Do not show entire ice cream carton, as THAT is what my eye is naturally drawn to! I appreciate the comments about people using it for portion control or because they particularly enjoy the experience of a “push-up” treat. Me, I can’t imagine having more stuff to store and clean. I don’t believe Unitaskers are meant to be read as “useless”, but more that they have only ONE, extremely specific use and should be carefully evaluated before purchasing. Some are very specific and very funny, too!

  11. posted by Dawn F on

    There really is an endless quantity of cheap, plastic, crappy gadgets on this Earth, isn’t there? Ugh.

    @ Erin T: “I feel like with all the effort you take ripping apart unitasker gadgets…” I seriously doubt Unclutterer Erin puts much effort into ripping them apart at all – they are all so BEYOND ridiculous that it is probably quite EASY to rip them apart. (and is she really “ripping” them apart??? really??? It’s more like poking fun at…)

  12. posted by Tabbycat on

    darn you, now I really want some strawberry cheesecake Ice cream!

  13. posted by Mario . on

    Looks like something you would see in a gynecologists office.

  14. posted by Jennifer on

    It makes me miss Blue Bunny Ice Cream (which is harder to find and VERY spendy up here in MN πŸ™ )

  15. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Erin T — Unitasker Wednesday posts come out every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. eastern. If you aren’t interested in reading these posts, plan accordingly.

    These posts are just for fun. We know that there are some people out there who have a use for the products. Heck, I even OWN some of them. We aren’t picking on people, we’re laughing about inanimate objects. Doodads. That’s all.

  16. posted by Britty on

    In the photo the thing looks flat, like a paddle or spatula–the round cap on the counter is the only tip-off as to what it actually is–I second @Lisa…Marketing Dept., take a note…

    @Jennifer–come to Chicago for your Blue Bunny! It’s everywhere! Of course, you’ll spend some money just getting to Chicago, but it is a great place to visit…

  17. posted by Java Monster on

    @Karen-I’m having a hard time seeing the connection with this device and Celiac’s disease. Can you explain that? If you have celiac’s, and you’re not allowed what’s in the ice itself (or is it the cone?) what difference does it make what you eat the ice cream out of?

    Personally, I think the “cone experience” is highly overrated. But that’s me.

  18. posted by Karen on

    Java Monster: if you’re a kid newly diagnosed with celiac, and you’re a typical kid (i.e. you love eating ice cream out of cones, or whatnot, rather than in a bowl–show me a kid who doesn’t love a cone over a dish), you’re already giving up a lot of foods. Pizza, bread, cookies–at least until your mom and dad figure out how to find good tasting substitutes.

    So I’m just saying for a kid who’s been diagnosed, and is already giving up a lot of things, this would be a neat treat. And the review on Amazon pointed out that you can use these to make your own homemade push up pops, which would be kind of neat.

  19. posted by Sarah on

    This device has been a life saver for me. I have a 4 year old with allergies to wheat (gluten), dairy, soy and corn. Needless to say, he often feels as if he doesn’t get what all the other kids get. This makes him feel like he has an “ice cream cone”. When all the other kids get their ice cream treats, he gets one of these. If you could see the happiness look on his face, that would explain it all.

    I think you missed the mark on this one!

  20. posted by [email protected] on

    @Marion – Oh dear, now it reminds me of a thrush medicine applicator – a BIG one!

    If you don’t know what I mean, you don’t need to know…

  21. posted by bg on

    I stand (sit) ready at the appointed hour for Unitasker

  22. posted by Anita on

    @Java Monster — it’s the cones that contain gluten, not the ice cream itself.

    @Karen — they do make gluten-free ice cream cones, actually. I haven’t tried them, but a couple of coworkers who have celiac say the taste isn’t that different. And I can bet it’s yummier than plastic in any case πŸ˜‰

    In any case, my favourite way to eat ice cream is out of a waffle bowl. It’s like a regular bowl, but you can EAT it. And it’s yummy! If you haven’t tried it, you really, really should. Your life will be changed forever. Ok, maybe not, but it is good.

  23. posted by WilliamB on

    If I liked push pops I would definitely consider buying these. I have popsicle forms for homemade fruit bars: my homemade ones are cheaper, often use fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and are 100% fruit – no chemicals, no sugar. Why not the same thing for push pops?

    The marketing, OTOH, is well deserving to mockery. It’s as if the company used the worst student exercise they could find. I couldn’t tell what the product does until I read the comments on Amazon, the descriptions focus on the wrong benefits, the photo is confusing not clarifying and highlights someone else’s product.

  24. posted by Bren on

    I actually bought these a couple years ago because my kids eat the ice cream and never the cone and they have always enjoyed push pops. I was very disappointed because they leaked and they didn’t hold a lot of ice cream. We haven’t used them again.

  25. posted by Sue on

    Sarah, I think you missed the point of the unitasker Wednesday. Of course some people are going to find these items to be very useful. But that doesn’t make them anything other than unitaskers. Erin didn’t miss the mark just because you find this item to be useful. For the vast majority of people, it would be another piece of plastic with a very narrow, and frivolous, purpose.

    I can’t imagine what kind of diet your child must eat, with that list of allergies. That’s just about everything. Poor kid.

  26. posted by L.M. on

    I always enjoy unitasker Wed!! But you better stop because the critique might hurt the feelings of someone who owns and uses the item! Sheeesshhh…Some people are just toooooo sensitive nowadays!! Learn to laugh at yourself! I did years ago and it makes life a lot more enjoyable! : )

  27. posted by Kay Chase on

    For portion control, I use stemless martini glasses (like this: http://www.sausalitofoods.com/images/glass.jpg) for my ice cream. It looks elegant, it puts those glasses to use, and I don’t feel like 1/2 c. is so tiny when it’s in proportion to the dish.

  28. posted by Lizzie on

    I don’t know…I worry about the report that it leaks, but I might give it a try. I have a six year old and she likes to get her own snacks. (And let’s be clear–I like her to get them, too.) Ice cream involves the microwave–and portion control. And we try to stay away from too many processed foods. Homemade juice pops have worked well, and this just seems like an extension of that.

    Also, the company makes one of my FAVORITE Unitaskers-the Fizz Keeper. Carbonated beverages keep their fizz forever! We drink a lot of seltzer and the last glass is always as fizzy as the first.

  29. posted by Lorelai on

    I wanted to chime in on comments about Celiac’s desease (CD) and gluten intolerance. Yes, you can now buy GF ice cream cones (which are fairly new to the market), but they are hard to find, and as Karen says, are often expensive. I have been GF for many years now, and I can definitely see the appeal. It is reusable and allows you to be mobile with your frozen treat (less cumbersome then dishes and spoons, which is the only other option for a GF person). I would say for a certain population, grown-ups and kids alike, this is a great little gadget.

    @Java Monster: Gluten is a protein found in many grains like wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale. You can find out more information at http://www.celiac.org. (also, there are many ice creams that do contain wheat.. including the one pictured, I believe)

    @Anita: For those with CD or gluten intolerance, shopping can become quite the minefield. Also, it is defiantly more expensive then shopping for a non-GF person/family. In the case of this unitasker, it would be nice to have a portable method of ice cream enjoyment without the continued exorbitant cost of GF cones.

  30. posted by Nikki on

    I’m another coeliac with 3 gluten free children, and I want to say yes to others above – gluten free cones are expensive and don’t taste that good, if you can find them, but the worst thing is TRANSPORTING them – Tupperware will keep them fresh but they’re most often already broken when you buy them.

    I bought this device but like Bren’s, they leaked. Managing 3 small children with cups and spoons on my own is very difficult so that’s not really an option for another couple of years when they can all reliably feed themselves.

    A friend who works in a storage shop recently bought us a similar product but it has a twisting mechanism and a proper screw on lid like a glue stick. It works well for making icy poles with juice or water, I make our own icecream/frozen yoghurt/custard and pour some in there, plus we can have soft or hard icecream put in there while we’re out. Put the lid on when they’re done and it does not leak! It often takes the toddler a while to get through hers so it’s great to be able to pop it back in the freezer and know it’s not going to leak everywhere.

    Howards Storage World for those reading Downunder πŸ˜‰

  31. posted by Fern on

    I’m still not quite getting the coeliac thing. If you’re at home, you can have the ice cream from a bowl. If you’re out and about, you’re going to carry this thing round with you and then turn up at some ice cream stall and ask them to fill it for you? Doesn’t quite make sense to me…what is it I’m missing?

    (I get that little kids might feel left out, that’s fair enough.)

  32. posted by Lorelai on

    @Fern: What if you want to sit out on a blanket with your kids and watch the fireflies come out? What if you want to go for a walk? A spoon and bowl are not conducive to these activities. People who are GF also want the convenience of a cone. When we go out to ice cream shops, yes, we have to get it in a cup, as most eating establishments will not allow you to use your own containers (cross contamination), but that does not mean that we or our kids want to be restricted. All this little gadget does is allow for another easier way for us to eat ice cream on the move. πŸ™‚

  33. posted by Sian on

    How about for when your oven just simply isn’t enough and you only have half the mixture of a normal batch of cupcakes…

    The electric cupcake maker

  34. posted by Nikki on

    Fern – yes, we put them in the glove box of the car when we’re going out. It’s not often – we live rurally. As for at home – have you ever seen a 12 month old or even a 3 year old trying to eat icecream with a spoon? I have both and I can’t spoon into two mouths fast enough LOL!

  35. posted by JessA on

    The idea behind unitaskers is to make yourself stop and think before impulsively buying another gadget. Too many times, we get sold on buying something to make our life easier, when in reality, it makes it more difficult because now we have yet another object to clean, store and maintain.

    Unitasker are poking fun at objects that we could, honestly, live without. Nonetheless, if a person finds the object useful then you shouldn’t feel foolish for having it. The idea behind de-cluttering is to balance the ‘benefit’ you get from keeping something in your life to the ‘cost’ of maintaining it.

    For people like me, it’s easy to get caught up on a whim and buy things that look cool or fun without considering whether they really fill a need. That is whole point of the unitasker posts, to make us stop and consider if something is really worth the space in my house.

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