by W. D. Brown
Gut Check loves Wendy's, especially for its classic Frosty. Softer than soft-serve yet not quite a milkshake, the Frosty has always been our preferred french-fry condiment. Naturally our curiosity was piqued when Wendy's informed us it would be taking this iconic dessert out of a cup and putting it into a waffle cone.
Truth be told, we were skeptical that a waffle cone could adequately contain a substance normally eaten with a spoon or sucked through a straw, but we took both flavors for a whirl to find out for sure.
Anything for science, after all -- the empirical method and all that.
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Immediately after being handed our cones at the drive-thru at our neighborhood Wendy's (2130 Hampton Avenue; 314-781-456), we knew we'd made a mistake.
We'd planned to drive away and test our cones in the comfort of our abode, but as soon as the Wendy's employee hastily handed them over, we knew this was impossible. The fast-melting cones looked nothing like the stiff-peaked Frosty cones pictured in Wendy's advertisements. Our guarded optimism that these cones, which combine two independently tasty desserts, would make a super-tasty treat, were dashed.
After quickly snapping a few photos, we dug in -- there was no time to spare. The Frosty tastes the same, but slurping it out of a fragile waffle cone became more "a race against not destroying our car's interior" than "enjoying dessert." These don't come with a spoon or straw, but really they should, as it would unburden some of the process.
Then, 75 percent through the first cone, the waffle-y shell began to crumble under the weight of the Frosty, leaving us scrambling for a napkin -- something else Wendy's neglected to include with our order!
In a promotional press release for the new Frosty waffle cones, Wendy's vice-president of brand marketing Liz Geraghty describes the cones thus:
"There is nothing better than a Frosty, and nothing worse than an empty Frosty cup. With the Frosty waffle cone, you can enjoy America's favorite treat for a few more delicious moments. It's the biggest thing to happen to the Frosty since fries!"
If it were up to Gut Check, this mess would be served in an empty Frosty cup. That would allow the diner to enjoy it for a few more moments, which is all anyone really asks of a Frosty anyway.