In Place of Plastic, Edible Dishes

I took a photo of an ice cream cone but my cat came along and licked it, the ice cream, not the camera. Mitzi


With the proposed laws banning one-time-use of plastic, the Victoria Cone company- Fábrica de Conos Victoria – is putting out edible dishes! They are actually ice cream cones in different shapes and sizes to hold salads, rice dishes, yogurt, fruit, and of course, ice cream.

Party favors. Photo by Mitzi Stark / Q Costa Rica

The new edible dishes shaped like cups and salad bowls will eliminate the problem of too much plastic in the environment. They are bio degradable so that if you don’t want to eat the “container” you can leave it for the pigeons in the park or toss it in the garden for fertilizer and it will be gone in an instant. That plastic cup would be there 500 years from now. Furthermore, these dishes are delicious and are a final treat to whatever they contained.

Ice cream cones are a universal favorite. Crunching the cone is half the reason we buy ice cream. The popularity of the ice cream cone has never waned since it was “invented” at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes and Ernest Hamwai at his near by waffle stand came to the rescue by twisting a waffle into a cone shape. Thus the ice cream “cornucopia” came about and created a revolution in eating. Add to the novelty, with a cone you can eat your ice cream while walking.

Salad bowl. Photo by Mitzi Stark / Q Costa Rica

Ice cream cones have undergone style changes througout the years and Victoria sells extra long cones, waffle cones, sugar cones and for a real calorie accumulation, the chocolate sugar cone. And now cones have met the challenge of the environmental era. First there’s the cup, designed so that the ice cream doesn’t run over the side and down your arm. It works just as well for salads, fruit, rice and beans, puddings, pop corn, and party snacks. From birthday parties to baby showers a cone cup full of treats means less plastic garbage and an extra crunchie.

Next came a bowl, a cone reshaped into an edible basket for ice cream sundaes or fruit, jello and whatever else one can imagine. When you finish the ice cream you can eat the bowl or toss it. It’s organic. These are already used in some ice cream stores and restaurants and will soon be on supermarket shelves. Cones, cups and baskets all come in different sizes.


Baskets. Photo by Mitzi Stark / Q Costa Rica

Conos Victoria was founded in 1943 by Sebastian Dato, an Italian immigrant from New York, and the name refers to victory for the allies in World War II. In 1972 Eddie Fernandez, father and grandfather of present day managers, bought the factory which is still in the original building in the heart of San Jose.

Sergio Ortiz, grandson of owner with new design cups. Photo by Mitzi Stark / Q Costa Rica

The new generation sees a healthy future for their company and the environment. After all, everybody eats ice cream cones.