Cups vs. Cones: Why The Ice Cream Cup Wins Every Time

With 90% of households in the United States regularly indulging in a sweet, frozen treat, ice cream is one of the most universally-loved foods out there. What isn't mutually agreed upon is whether using ice cream cones or paper ice cream cups makes for a better experience.


While the quality of the experience may come down to the ice cream eater's personal preferences, ice cream shops can see many more benefits from relying on the trusty ice cream cup. Discover why the classic cup offers so much for your store than the standard cone.

Cups don't have an expiration date

Your ice cream shop already has to keep detailed tabs on the quality of your ice cream and other frozen treats, so why add more perishable goods to the mix? Unlike cones, paper ice cream cups won't go bad over time if they aren't used quickly enough. Cones also tend to break and create unnecessary waste, but you won't see nearly as much damage with cups. You can even order cups in bulk and keep them in storage for months, simplifying your store's inventory management.

You can customize cups

Ice cream cups present the perfect opportunity to promote your company's brand. Whenever anyone orders a sundae, gelato, or frozen yogurt and takes it into the wider world in one of your custom paper ice cream cups, your store is getting free advertising. Passersby will be able to see your shop's name and brand right next to the delicious treat, creating a positive association with your brand. You may see an increase in foot traffic and sales just from this simple branding technique.

Cups generate less napkin waste

Every time you give out one cone, you're probably also giving out a handful or two of napkins. Cones are inherently messier, necessitating a heftier clean-up. With each stack of  a customer grabs for their dripping cone, the amount you have to spend to replace those napkins increases. Besides the cost of it, a cone-user won't even use many of the napkins they take. This results in an abundance of paper waste and garbage cans overflowing with dirtied napkins.

Of course, you can't get rid of cones completely. We wouldn't want to be responsible for diehard cone-lovers condemning your shop because of a lack of their preferred ice cream vessel. However, you can encourage your customers to choose cups over cones by ordering custom ice cream cups from Frozen Dessert Supplies and touting their benefits in your shop.

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About the Author: Tim Porter

Tim is the CEO and people builder of In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, collecting watches, and Classic Mini Coopers.


Our purpose at Frozen Dessert Supplies is "Build People and Deliver Joy." That means that everything we do, from manufacturing to packaging to delivery, is to build you and your business and deliver joy to you. We also strive to build our employees and help them to be better people.

Our paper ice cream cups are made withFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPE (Polyethylene). Our clear plastic cups, banana split boats, and plastic dome lids are made fromPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Our plastic spoons and straws are made fromPP (Polypropylene). Our eco-friendly ice cream cups are made fromFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPLA (Polylactic Acid). PLA is plastic made from corn starch. Our eco-friendly spoons are also made from PLA. Our eco-friendly wooden spoons are made from FDA approvedsmooth birch wood.