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Trader Joe’s Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones (Vanilla)

Summer is coming and is there nothing better than an ice cream cone on a hot day?! These Vanilla Mini Ice Cream Cones from Trader Joe’s are perfect for little hands or when you want to watch your portions.

Front of the box of Trader Joe's Hold the Cone! Vanilla Mini Ice Cream Cones.

What are the Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones?

Just as you may suspect, these are mini ice cream cones filled with vanilla ice cream and dipped in a coating of chocolate.

The cones are known as “sugar cones” so they’re crispy, sweet, and have a pointed bottom, unlike the papery wafer ice cream cones that have a flat bottom, which many ice cream stands often use as their default cones.

As you can see from the Nutrition Facts, a serving is 3 cones so with only 8 in the box, someone’s gonna get short-changed on their serving! Womp Womp.

The good thing is, just 1 of these cones will satisfy a sweet craving and in my humble mom opinion, 1 cone is plenty for my toddler to eat for an afternoon or after dinner snack. It’s a different story for my husband though, who easily wolfed down 3 of these in a matter of a few minutes. Hah!

A hand holding a Trader Joe's Hold the Cone! Vanilla Mini Ice Cream Cone against a white wall background.

Where In the Store?

You can find these Mini Ice Cream Cones in the Frozen aisle of Trader Joe’s in the ice cream and frozen desserts area.

Other Hold the Cone! Flavors

In addition to vanilla, my TJ’s store in Portland, Maine carries 3 other flavors:

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Mint

I haven’t tried any of these other flavors yet but you can certainly bet that the coffee flavor is patiently waiting for me in the freezer to try soon! I am, after all, a huuuuge coffee fan!

A hand holding a Trader Joe's Hold the Cone! Vanilla Mini Ice Cream Cone against a white wall background. There is a bite out of the chocolate coating so you can see the vanilla ice cream filling.

How to Serve These Trader Joe’s Mini Cones

Go ahead and just tear into these mini cones! There’s no fussy wrappers to deal with so snacking on them is pretty straightforward.

However, if you want to get crazy, you can quickly whip up a batch of peanut butter Magic Shell in about 2 minutes and dip these cones head first into the peanut butter sauce.

When the sauce cools, you’ll be left with a crispy chocolate peanut butter-coated vanilla mini cone!

Or, you can dress them up with a small dollop of whipped cream and some sprinkles. Everyone loves sprinkles!!

The Review

These little cones are terrific!! The ice cream is creamy, the chocolate coating is rich and sweet, and the cone is sweet and crispy. The contrast of cold, creamy, and crispy is what makes ice cream cones so great and these definitely deliver.

I’ve had other store-bought ice cream cones that, when unwrapped, the cones are actually soggy. Whhhhyyyy??? It’s like a cruel joke! Not these mini cones though!

And as a BONUS!! The tip of the cone is filled with chocolate!! What a nice little surprise that was!

While the small size of these cones will likely disappoint some people, I love a good mini dessert! With a toddler who’s always asking for snacks, I like that 1 of these cones is the perfect size snack for her.

And as for me, I could probably eat 4 or these without batting an eye. But as a mini cone, it’s easy for me to grab just 1, stick the package back in the freezer, and get lost in other project without needing another one.

Buy It Again?

You can bet that I’ll definitely buy these mini cones again. I don’t know why it took me so long to buy them in the first place but we’re all hooked now!

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