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Giant Food: Ice Cream

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The Igloo
Everett, PA

The Igloo was built in 1968. I believe the building is made of Kevlar-reinforced fiberglass. The dome and doorways look like this police department in Roanoke, AL. For more, see this website.

Ice Cream Cone [gone]
Panama City, FL

The Panama City Cone had been closed for many years when these first two photos were taken in 2005. In the late 1990s, it was open and known as the Dairy Dome. Before that, it was known as Bentley's. However, I don't know if that was the stand's original name or when it was built. By 2010 when the two photos at the right were taken, the place had reopened as a fast food stand. In 2012, the ice cream top was removed as a new fast food restaurant was moving in. It's not clear if the top was destroyed or moved. It's also not clear whether the bottom part is still being used.

Tropical Sno
Ogden, UT
Snowy
Idaho Falls, ID
Tropical Sno
Spokane, WA
Tropical Sno
Longview, WA
Tropical Sno
Yakima, WA
Tropical Sno
Odessa, TX

The Ogden Tropical Sno stand serves flavored shaved ice (aka snow cones). The company was founded in 1984 in Provo, UT and they now have locations nationwide. There is another snow cone shaped building in Star, ID. For more, see their website.

This Snowy stand is apparently a former Tropical Sno.

The Spokane Tropical Sno is installed in Riverfront Park.

In 2008, the Longview Tropical Sno looked like it had been closed up for awhile.

The Yakima Tropical Sno structure is the same style as the ones in Spokane and Longview. Apparently, these two-toned, taller-topped stands were unique to Washington. Or they might just have been built before or after the other ones shown here.

The Odessa Tropical Sno is located at the VFW Flea Market. Although there is no sign identifying this as a Tropical Sno stand, I assume that's what it was originally.

Hills of Snow
Smithfield, NC
Mr. Sno-Cone [gone]
Fort Worth, TX
Snow Cone
Huntington, TX
Ice Cream Cone
Springfield, MO
Ice Cream Cone
Fort Madison, IA

The Hills of Snow snow cone stand cleverly incorporates two straws into its sign. I believe this place has been here since at least 1984. Does anyone know when this place was built or more about it? I don't believe Tropical Sno had locations this far east but this structure might have been moved here.

I believe Mr. Sno-Cone predated the Tropical Sno chain but I could be wrong. This was a Sno-To-Go stand in 1984. There were other stands like this in Fort Worth in the 1980s. This photo is from 2003. By 2010, this stand was gone. For more, see this website.

The Huntington Snow Cone is located at the Texas Shaved Ice stand.

This Springfield Cone is located on the mini golf course at Paint Games Plus.

The Fort Madison Cone advertises for the ice cream stand at the Putt-A-Round mini golf course.

Giant Ice Cream
Wadena, MN
Giant
Ice Cream [gone]
North Judson, IN
Giant Ice Cream
Clear Lake, IA
Giant Ice Cream
Affton, MO
Giant Ice Cream
Lake Ozark, MO
Giant Ice Cream
Naples, NY

The Wadena Cone was most likely used by an ice cream stand at some point. It is about 14 feet tall and was made of concrete in 1973. It stood abandoned behind a Kentucky Fried Chicken when this first photo was taken around 2000. By 2008, it had been moved to a private residence in town and restored. This second photo is from 2011.

The North Judson Cone was installed in front of the D&S Drive-in. This photo is from 2009. By 2012, this cone was gone. The place is now known as Piggies & Cream.

The Affton Cone was built around 1942 for the Velvet Freeze which closed in the 1980s. In 1992, the cone was restored by the Affton Fire Department and installed in front of the Mesnier School.

The Clear Lake Cone is located at the Barrel Drive-in.

The Lake Ozark Cone stands in front of Godot's Homemade Ice Cream Co.

The Naples Cone is installed on top of the sign at Huntone's Cones. This stand opened in 1990.

Sweets for
Sweeties
Paradise, PA
Grandma Daisy's
Boulder City, NV
Crunchi Creme
Niagara Falls, ON
Ice Cream Cone
Minneapolis, MN
Napoli Pastry
Boston, MA
Ice Cream Cone
Fullerton, CA
Ice Cream Cone
San Diego, CA
Ice Cream Cone
Santa Cruz, CA

Sweets for Sweeties has an ice cream cone mailbox. They have been selling candies and ice cream since 1994 and moved to this location in 2003.

Grandma Daisy's is a candy store and ice cream parlor. They feature this giant cone and cow in front of their shop. I believe this cone was manufactured recently. For more, see their website.

Crunchi Creme features another giant modern cone.

The Ice Cream Cone in Minneapolis is located in the Gaviidae Food Court.

Napoli Pastry features a giant gelati cone over its entrance.

The Ice Cream Cone in Fullerton is located at the Visual Arts Center at California State University. It is made of fiberglass and was created and installed here in 1973.

The Ice Cream Cone in San Diego is installed on the roof of Oceans Ice Cream.

The Ice Cream Cone in Santa Cruz is installed on a building on the Boardwalk.

Giant Cone
Brooklyn, NY
Giant Ice Cream Molds
Sparta, WI
Giant Cone
Chambersburg, PA
Giant Cone
Mason, MI
Giant Cone
Stockbridge, MI
Giant Cone
Eagle River, WI

The Brooklyn Cone is on top of a fast food place near the Boardwalk at Coney Island.

These Sparta Cones are molds at FAST where most giant ice creams (like apparently the Brooklyn Cone) and other foods come from.

The Chambersburg Cone is located at the Historic Ice Cream Station. I have not seen this design before. From its shape and condition, I suspect it is fairly modern.

The Mason Cone is mounted on the roof of the Super Twist ice cream stand.

The Stockbridge Cone is located at the Stage Stop Restaurant.

The Eagle River Cone hangs above the Country Store.

Double D's
Soft Serve
Pekin, IL
Giant Cone
Fort Pierre, SD
Country Cream
Masonville, NY
Scoops
Ice Cream Shoppe
Cutchogue, NY
Big Lick
Dairy & Dogs
Kansas City, MO
Giant Cone
Suring, WI
Giant Cone
Corpus Christi, TX

Double D's Soft Serve has this old-looking, giant cone which appears to have two eyes. It was originally from an ice cream stand in Peoria, IL - possibly a Tastee-Freez. It had been mounted on top of their sign. The Double D name comes from the owners' first names (Donna and Darrell). They opened their stand in 1984 and acquired the cone around 1988. The stand was sold to new owners around 2004 but it is still known by the same name. Double D's painted the eyes on the cone to simulate the candy eyes that they put on their cones for children.

The Fort Pierre Cone is located at the Cool Spot.

The Country Cream Cone is at the roadside stand next to the Hardwood Hills Golf Course.

Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe features this giant cone above its entrance.

The Big Lick Dairy & Dogs cone appears to be from the same mold as the one at Scoops.

The Giant Cone in Suring is located at the Cool Twist Depot.

The Giant Cone in Corpus Christi is installed on someone's front lawn. It is repainted and decorated for various holidays throughout the year. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Giant Cone
Wild Rose, WI
Irish Hills
Fun Center
Tipton, MI
PJ's Drive-in
Delaware, NJ
Sundaes
Afternoon
Omer, MI
Starlight
Frozen Custard
Louisville, KY
Giant Sundae
Le Mars, IA

The Wild Rose Cone is installed in front of Roseville Mini-Golf & Shops.

The Irish Hills Fun Center pole-mounted pink cone appears to be from the same mold as the one in Wild Rose. The Fun Center also has a giant bottle.

In 2004, PJ's Drive-in was known as the Humpty Dumpty Drive-in when this first photo was taken. This ice cream cone appears to be a match for a model sold by International Fiberglass [photo thanks Terry Nelson].

Sundaes Afternoon features another ice cream pole sign.

Starlight Frozen Custard features a dripping cone - something I haven't seen before.

The 10 foot tall Giant Sundae stands outside the Blue Bunny Visitors Center downtown. Le Mars is the self-proclaimed Ice Cream Capital of the World since Wells Dairy produces more ice cream here than any other city does. Wells has been using the name "Blue Bunny" for their ice cream since 1928. For more, see this website.

Dairy Queen
Raton, NM
Dairy Queen
Grand Junction, CO
Debi's
Seashore Delights
Keyport, NJ
Magic Sundaes
East Setauket, NY
West's
Hayward Dairy
Hayward, WI
Nut Bar
Kenosha, WI

The Dairy Queen locations in Raton and Grand Junction have identical giant cones. The Raton cone has been here since at least 2007.

Debi's Seashore Delights features a concrete cone. Debi's opened in 2007. The cone was installed here in 2006 by another ice cream shop, however, it might be older than that.

The Magic Sundaes cone is secured to the roof with guy wire.

The cone at West's Hayward Dairy was installed on the side of the building in 1969. It is about eight feet tall.

This Nut Bar is located in front of Mac's Deli. The business started in 1937 with an ice cream stand selling Mac's Nut Bars. In 1946, the business opened here as Mac's Canteen. This ice cream sign is possibly from then. For more, see this website.

Hunters'
Dairy Freez
Danville, PA
Dreyer's Grand
Ice Cream
San Francisco, CA
Hawkeye Dairy
Abbotsford, WI
Horn of
Plenty [gone]
Kingston, NY
Di Dio's
Italian Ice
Santa Monica, CA

This cone at Hunters' Dairy Freez looks very similar to the Carvel cones.

This Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream cone is installed on Pier 39. It appears to be a modern creation.

The Hawkeye Dairy store sells ice cream, cheese, and other foods. It has been here since 1965. The giant ice cream cone has been here since at least 1989.

The Horn of Plenty rooftop ice cream cone sign was built in 1980. The business was part produce stand, bakery, and garden shop. This photo is from 2007. By 2012, the place had been renamed Meredith's Bread. The sign disappeared later that year.

Di Dio's Italian Ice opened in 1996. This giant Italian ice sign which hangs above the entrance has probably been here since then.

Mountain Mist
Custard
Lake Placid, NY
Dairy Twist
Hill City, SD

The Mountain Mist Custard stand's giant cone was mass-produced. There are several others in New York state. The cones are usually mounted on the roof. This cone was leftover from a previous ice cream stand that was here. Mountain Mist is best known for their original stand in Saranac Lake which does not have a giant cone.

The Dairy Twist has two other cones of this style. The owner says that the stand opened in the 1980s. She insists that the cones were built there in 2000 and are not related to the ones in New York.

Twin Kiss
Manheim, PA
Bar Laitier Le Délice
Saint-Fabien, QC
South of the Border
Dillon, SC
Knoebels Amusement Park
Elysburg, PA

The Twin Kiss features this concrete cone installed on a trailer.

The Bar Laitier Le Délice has a giant rooftop cone that appears to be made of metal and cement. There is a similar cone in Labelle, QC.

This South of the Border cone is one of many statues at this tourist attraction. For more, see this page.

Knoebels Amusement Park has two giant cones at their concession stands. There is also a giant birthday cake pavilion.

Konehead
Oxford, ME
Wood River Drive Inn
Wood River, NE
Chubby Monkey
Shelton, NE

Konehead features a giant melting cone on its roof.

The Wood River Drive Inn has been closed for many years. The stand has been here since at least the 1960s. The cone was there since at least the early 1970s. This photo is from 2008.

The cone from the Wood River Drive Inn is now at the Chubby Monkey which opened in 2011. This photo is from 2012.

Ice Cream Cone
2008: Julesburg, CO 2012: Chappell, NE

This Ice Cream Cone was located at Sweden Creme when I first saw it in 2008. By 2012, the stand had been demolished. The Cone is now installed in the former owner's front yard. Sweden Creme is a chain with other locations in Nebraska and Kansas. I don't believe any of those stands have giant cones.

Snelgrove Ice Cream
Salt Lake City, UT
former Snelgrove
Salt Lake City, UT
Snelgrove Ice Cream, aka "Snellee", was founded in 1929. The 40 foot wide sign was created in 1962 by Yesco. The double cone revolves and the clocks work on both sides of the sign. Dreyer's Ice Cream bought the company in 1990 and the ice cream shop closed in 2002. They operate a plant next to the sign and produced Snelgrove Ice Cream for Utah supermarkets until 2008. A truck hit the sign in 2007, bent part of the sign and broke some neon. Hopefully, the sign will be repaired soon. For more, see 1, 2, 3, and 4.

This former Snelgrove location featured another giant cone sign. When Squirrel Brothers, an ice cream store, took over this building, the cone was left in place. However, in 2008, a Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches moved in and painted this cone entirely black. For more, see this website.

Ice Castle
Dalton, GA
Kay's Kastle
Knoxville, TN

Kay's Restaurant [gone]
Jefferson City, TN
Mr. T's Pizza
Chattanooga, TN
Sweet Celebrations
Maryville, TN

Kay's Kastle Ice Cream was a regional chain with most of their locations apparently in TN. Their giant ice cream signs originally had a boy climbing a ladder next to the cone. The boy had a long tongue and licked at the ice cream. I'd love to know more about the chain (e.g., when they operated and where). The first Kay's Ice Cream store and plant was built in 1934 in Knoxville. The business later split into Kay's Ice Cream and Kay's Kastle. I believe these ice cream signs are from the early 1960s. Kay's Ice Cream can still be purchased in grocery stores however the remaining locations are independent now.

The Kay's Kastle in Dalton is gone. However, this cone was saved and reinstalled at the Ice Castle ice cream store.

The Kay's Kastle in Knoxville seems to still be open and I believe it is the only location left of the chain still operating. For more, see this website.

Kay's Restaurant was the tenant of this former Kay's Kastle when these photos were taken in 2007. They had plans to restore the sign before they closed in 2008. Between the original Kay's Kastle and the restaurant, a Beer Cave occupied the building. In 2008, a Smoky's Express BBQ moved into the building and destroyed the cone. For more, see this website.

Mr. T's Pizza now occupies the former Kay's Kastle building and has kept the sign.

Sweet Celebrations has taken over the Kay's Kastle that closed in 2006. They updated the sign but kept the original cone. I have not seen this two-scoop before or this building style. I assume it predates the others shown above. For more, see this website.

It's-It
Burlingame, CA
This giant It's-It is installed on the roof of the company's factory. These ice cream sandwiches were introduced in 1928. The ice cream is sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies and then dipped in dark chocolate. For more, see this website.

More Giant Ice Cream:
Carvel (various cities, CT, FL, NJ, & NY)
Columbia, SC
Montréal, QC [vintage]
Koln, Germany