Ice Cream Cone Dispenser
When I was raising my son, one of our father and son rituals was to take a road trip a couple times a year. When he was a little guy, he often wanted to stop at eat one of those all you can eat buffet restaurants because there was so much to choose from to eat. I knew he just wanted to get to the desert bar but I made him eat at least a little good food first before loading up on all the goodies. But one little memory that always stands out about those experiences was how fun it was to go to the ice cream dispenser and take the cone from one of those dispensers and let that soft ice cream fill the cone for your desert.
There is something very fun about being able to take a cone and serve yourself a desert that has as much ice cream on it as you can handle. I also remember both my son and I getting a kick out of that cone dispenser next to the soft ice cream machine. It worked a lot like a Dixie cup dispenser where the cones filled a long metal tube with a thin "window" down the side so you could see how many cones were still in there. The next cone to be served stuck out the bottom so you pulled on the bottom and the cone came free. The mechanism caused the remaining cones to push down and be available to the next customers in line.
Pulling that cone out was all part of the fun of that kind of restaurant. You can probably think of times when you saw that kind of dispenser too either in a similar kind of restaurant or in an ice cream store where the employees used them to keep the cones in one place, neat and clean. So if you took an interest in these efficient dispensers, you can find them for the home rather easily.
If you love ice cream at home, it can be a lot of fun to have a cone dispenser right there in the kitchen, mounted and loaded up with your favorite cones. You can even get one that has several tubes so you can have one for waffle cones, another for sugar cones and others for any other variations on cone design. Then you can easily pull a cone out and dip some ice cream to enjoy any time day or night.
Restaurant supply companies sell these devices although generally not to the public. So like anything else that is unusual but hard to buy, you might have to go to eBay or some other internet sales web site. These sites will have the inventory of restaurants that shut down. So they often have ice cream cone dispensers on sale right there on the auction and usually for a pretty affordable price. With a good bid and using your eBay skills, you can find yourself putting up your very own cone disperser in your own home. And if that doesnít take your love of ice cream and kick it to the next level, I donít know what will.