In Dallas, we do ice cream. You've seen ice cream smashed between two warm doughnuts at Hypnotic Emporium. You've seen it daintily served between macarons at Joy Macarons. You've seen it scooped into sweet buns at Milk n' Cream.
You've even seen ice cream rolled: It's one of the most puzzling and interesting ice cream iterations and can be found at Orchid City Fusion Cafe in Arlington and at Chills 360 in Deep Ellum.
Now, you can eat ice cream served in a bubble cone. Buzzfeed called bubble cones an "insane new ice cream creation" in March 2016. They're popular in China and England and Canada and so, of course, East Dallas shop Cow Tipping Creamery makes them, too.
Bubble cones also "love the camera," one writer notes. Calling all Instagrammers!
Cow Tipping's bubble cones -- also called "puffle cones" elsewhere -- debuted in early November. The Austin location of Cow Tipping Creamery has been selling them since October.
A bubble cone is like a waffle cone, but with pancake-like orbs of waffle-ironed batter. At Cow Tipping Creamery, an ice cream shop owned by the man behind pizza shop Cane Rosso, their bubble cones are made with eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk and a few other ingredients.
Customers can order any of their menu items with a bubble cone. It can replace a waffle cone -- though ice cream will need to be eaten with a spoon, as the bubble cone isn't stiff enough to hold a handful of ice cream.
Cow Tipping's popular stackers -- which are like souped-up sundaes -- can also come with a bubble cone for an upcharge.
The bubble cone tastes like a vanilla-flavored pancake. Not overly sweet, it complements Cow Tipping's vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
Cow Tipping's founders, Corey and Timothy Sorensen, love to cook with Asian ingredients, and they used to eat bubble cones after date nights in Chinatown in their former home of San Francisco.
The company is also known for trying eye-catching food trends: It recently sold doughnut ice cream cones, though they were so difficult to make that the company doesn't have them on the regular menu.
Now: Do bubble cones work better than a traditional waffle cone? Not really. But they're fun for those who love a food trend.
Cow Tipping Creamery currently operates in two places: in Austin and in East Dallas. They will soon move the original food truck from Austin to a permanent spot in Carrollton. A fourth Cow Tipping will open in Frisco at the "$5 billion mile" at the Dallas Cowboys complex called The Star.