The Dripping Ice Cream Problem

It is hot. When it is hot it is nice to eat cold things. Ice cream is a cold thing. 

But there is a problem!

When the food is cold and the air is hot some cold things melt. Ice cream melts. Not all frozen things melt, some things just thaw. (Frozen shrimp doesn’t melt but the last time I gave my kids frozen shrimp in a cone they didn’t finish them. At least seven soggy shrimps were thrown out and you already know how I feel about wasted food.)

Melting is a problem when the speed of the melting is faster than the speed of consumption. Toddlers suck at eating. They get distracted, “Look, a bird!” and they stand there with a neglected cone. You cannot neglect the cone! Ice cream cone eating is hard work. You can’t dillydally. There are timing skills involved.

I am super good at ice cream cones.

Therefore, this isn’t a problem for us. 

This is what happens:

ice cream1

The problem arises. 

ice cream2

I offer my professional services.

ice cream3

I utilize my skills.

ice cream4

I return the improved version. 

ice cream5

And everyone is happy!

I’m so glad I can help out. 

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113 Responses to The Dripping Ice Cream Problem

  1. Katie says:

    I helped my toddler the same way just last week!

  2. Sarah says:

    haha! I was always so grossed out when my mom did that for me LOL

  3. Mama P says:

    Maybe I should quit serving my kids ice cream in a bowl. What an excellent opportunity I’ve been missing!

  4. Natashia Sheerin says:

    Omg your always good for a big laugh! Ive never sommented here before but this one got me laughing so hard i had a coughing fit. Its JUST. SO. TRUE!

  5. Funny how my kids won’t let me hold their candy/juice/dessert for them anymore. They’ve figured out there’s a good chance I will eat it…

    • Katie says:

      My best friend calls that a “kitchen tax.” Also, any help getting anything or opening anything. She enjoys teaching them economics ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kim says:

        “Kitchen Tax”

        This is fantastic and I shall begin administering it immediately.

      • Christine says:

        I tell my son I’m checking for poison, lol.

        • Hannah says:

          I tell my kids I’m making sure it’s not too hot or cold for them. They’re 4 and greatly appreciate it still haha. Suckers.

      • JT says:

        Awesome. I’m going to start teaching Economics in our house too.

      • Melissa says:

        Haha, “kitchen tax.” I like it!

        My FIL has a similar tax at Halloween–he used to impose a “candy tax” on the kids. HA! Brilliant.

      • Kira says:

        I call it shipping and handling.

      • sarah s. says:

        i will be remembering this kitchen tax as my daughter gets older.

      • Zach says:

        My tax professor in law school told us in class that he does this with his kids. If he slices an apple for them, he gets a slice. Apparently the oldest complained when she was 6 or so about him taking a bite even when the apple was whole (unsliced). His response? “how do you think the apple entered the house? This is also a storage and procurement tax.” The professor is German, so imagine this whole conversation in Deutch.
        Anyway, my wife and I now tax everything. I pour her a glass of oj? I get a tax! It is awesome and makes us much more willing to get each other drinks.

        • westlakemum24 says:

          “kitchen tax”? Funny. “storage and procurement tax”?? Even better!! Thanks for the chuckles!!! Off to tax my kids’ afternoon snack of muffins and milk!!!! mmmmmmmm, hope they won’t miss that 10%…

      • Ceri says:

        I call that the mommy tax. Before my son, with my neice when I lived with them, I called it the Aunt Ceri tax, this is not a new thing for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Leigh says:

        We too have a tax in our household. In Australia – it’s a 10% GST (Goods and Services tax).

        The preparer, opener, or carrier of any foodstuffs is entitled to take 10% free.

      • Katie says:

        Kind of similar to what I do at the grocery store when my 4-year-old gets her free cookie. Since I have to hand it to her from the counter, I take a “distributor’s fee”–aka a bite of it. I’ve told her before that’s part of retail–the middleman between the manufacturer and the consumer gets a piece as well. Of course, you can imagine the blank stare I got in return.

      • D'Arcy says:

        I must implement this taxing lingo at once. I usually say “take” or “steal”…as in “Let Mommy steal a few of your Pirate Booty.” A “tax” sounds much more justified!!

      • bec says:

        If I had that tax here I would be suffering from a rather overweight ‘economy’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Rach says:

        My Dad called it tax too and when I had my own children I totally understood his line of thinking and I tax them all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ha! I thought my husband was the only one that took a “tax” out of my toddler’s food. He’ll be happy to know there are a lot of responsible, tax-paying parents out there teaching their children the realities of life ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s a good thing we don’t have a 50% + tax like they do in France, because my hips couldn’t handle the additional “income” from my child’s food.

    • Nikki says:

      We call it an opening fee ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mama don’t work for free!

  6. Darcy says:

    We aren’t to the point of letting AJ have his own cone yet. So He shares with us. And it still manages to drip. I don’t think I have quite mastered the skills!

  7. Jenny Trickett says:

    Oh the sacrifices we make for our kids…. The hardships!! lol

  8. Jennie says:

    I miss those days! My daughter will no longer let me help out, so I get the cone and an extra cup and let her eat it like that. Disaster adverted. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Polly says:

    My 2-y-o twins would rather it dripped that let ANYONE near their ice cream!!!!

  10. Jenny says:

    “I am super good at ice cream cones.”

    oh my gosh we are so alike we should be best friends ๐Ÿ™‚ This is often the very reason I take my 3 year old out for ice cream.

    • Jennie says:

      Forgot to mention I get my own cone now. So no more eating cotton candy ice cream for me!

      • Jenny says:

        I get my own, too… double the ice cream for Mama makes the sticky-slimy mess after almost worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jim W. says:

    I think it’s nice that you help out.

  12. Jo says:

    I do the exact same thing but then my crappy boy gets mad and says, “you got your germs all over it”

  13. KC says:

    We just went out with my almost three year old and she actually asked help from both me and my husband! We obliged of course.

  14. JillyBean says:

    Sadly, this would not work for me ๐Ÿ™ My crappy boy is VERY 2-almost-3 at the moment, so there would be whining over the ice cream melting, then an all-out meltdown (haha) about Mommy stealing his ice cream. I guess I should just eat all the ice cream when he’s not looking so I don’t have to worry about it! lol

    • Tanya Smith says:

      Jilly, my boy is the exact same age as yours and has a massive meltdown if I dare touch the thing. Hubby still doesn’t know why I always give him the ‘You did not just say ice cream’ stare!! You just don’t go there any more unless the stuff comes in a bowl!

  15. Patti says:

    For those of you whose kids have caught on… have you seen the Dripstick ™ in the stores? I keep seeing them in the market and I’ve wondered if they work… for now I’ll just have to take my licks (lol) and help LO out when hers drips.

    • Chanda says:

      We have the dripsticks and they work! My little guy only eats popsicles so I’m not sure about a cone. I keep one in the car.

  16. Kelly says:

    I love your blog, and I am SO thankful that my Google reader could download the entire blog…but I came over here anyways to thank you for it! I hate having to make an extra click, and wait for the browser to load the page. In my area, my smart phone isn’t so fast…and it makes a difference! THANK YOU!

  17. Abby says:

    My 3 year old screams “no mine” while the 6 year old lectures about germs. No ice cream for mommy…unless I get my own.

  18. Amanda Reed says:

    This is a very important skill that must be honed, and practice makes perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I love ice cream cone management! I remember my dad loving it too when I was a kid! Now he tries to manage them for my kids but it’s my job and I’m not giving it away.

  20. Alyssa K says:

    Mine actually freak out if I offer to help. “NO!!!! MINE!!!!”

  21. Kathryn says:

    LOL…when I do this I get yelled at for eating their ice cream. Then I yell at them that I have to do their laundry with ice cream all over it if I don’t eat their ice cream.

  22. Aim says:

    Yep, I just had to show my 6YO son how to do the “All-the-way-around-the-ice-cream-sideways-lick” to (temporarily) eliminate the the cone drips and then to lick upwards along the sides to constantly stay a lick ahead of the drips. My 8YO was horrified (and relieved that he had ordered a sundae in a bowl, so I wouldn’t have to “help” him with his). My 6YO was like, “Wow! You’re good at eating ice cream, Mommy!” But I still felt like a failure as a mom because how had I not taught this to my son before he turned 6??!!

  23. Melissa says:

    My 4yo doesn’t want help anymore. “You’ll get spit on it” she says. Fine then.

  24. Melissa says:

    That would work in my house, except my toddler is at the “I WILL do everything myself” stage, so I’d be left helplessly watching the ice cream drip or face the wrath of the resident 19 month-old. Then she will insist on cleaning up her mess. And by cleaning, I mean just wiping said ice cream further across the floor to maximize the stickiness.

  25. Kerry says:

    I too am very good at ice cream cone timing but the death grip my 3 year old usually has on the cone prevents me from “helping”. I love this blog, glad I found you!

  26. LeahM says:

    Ha! I’m so afraid of the petri dish that is my children, that I won’t lick their melting ice creams or popsicles, even if it means that most of it ends up on their shirts. I probably should be going for the immediate gratification.

  27. Jessica says:

    My son loves to put is ice cream cone on the table, chair, whatever is nearby and then he says, “I will eat it later.” He just doesn’t get there is no later. We have switched to a bowl with a cone on top. Works like a charm and saves me from eating it myself ๐Ÿ™‚

    • neal says:

      When my daughter gets distracted by a bird or a shiny bit of string, and stops licking, but won’t hand over her ice-cream cone to let me help her, I finally tell her, “just put it in your pocket. You can eat it later.”

      By the time the melty wetness reminds her about the ice-cream, it’s too late.

      “OH NO!” I shout. “It died! In your pocket!”

      It’s a sad, but effective way to teach her to let dad help out next time.

  28. Lisa says:

    Haha. My girls (1 and 3) would throw a FIT if I ate their ice cream. As a matter of fact, when they get otter pops the oldest makes sure she gets three out so mommy can have her own. :-/

  29. rainyday says:

    My boys have recently figured out that mama cleaning the drips = mama EATING the drips and they won’t let me help anymore. *sniff*

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes, my toddler is on to me – he does not care for my professional ice cream clean up skills.

  30. Lizz says:

    Our ice cream place does free cones for kids under 40 inches. I’ve taken to getting a flavor that I like, since, yes, toddlers suck at eating and I eat about half of it anyways.

  31. Sarah says:

    Ohhhh… thinking back to the State Fair last week. Opportunity missed!

  32. Woolies says:

    I don’t think I ever, no matter how young a child I was, let my ice cream cone drip. Ice cream is very very important stuff. Not letting ANYONE touch my ice cream.

  33. Sonia says:

    My eldest daughter has a nut allergy so my own ice cream flavour when we have cones is something very mummy-indulgent like macadamia nut or rum & raisin. This is a delightful treat until the youngest is having ice cream management issues & I have to save the day with an emergency lick. Nothing ruins that gorgeous aftertaste of your favourite flavour like a big like of bubblegum rainbow surprise.

  34. Gina says:

    My daughgter loves Ice cream cones. She loves holding them, and eating them. She is great at catching the drips. Here is the funny part- she detests the cones. She uses a spoon to get every last ounce of the ice cream out of the cone bottom. My son on the other hand will eat about half his ice cream and the cone, then tosses it away.

  35. Gina says:

    That wouldn’t work with my kids. Ice cream is sacred and not to be shared with ANYONE (so they think). Actually ALL food is like this, even if we ask politely. Unless they don’t like it and then we get “Here Momma/Dadda! I share with you!”. (Ages 2 & 3)

  36. Nicole says:

    This illustrates why I still havent lost my baby weight.

  37. Robonanny says:

    My son is dairy intolerant (it exacerbates his _evil_ eczema) therefore ice cream is a rare treat… so he wolfs it down in seconds if he actually manages to con one out of anyone. Never any drips!

  38. Mattea says:

    I love this. I love this because this is what I do with my 2 year old, and she thanks me. For eating her ice cream. That’s a win win. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. One of the perks of being a mom. And since it’s a good deed, the calories don’t count, right?

    By the way, if it melts and drips out the bottom of the cone, placing a mini marshmallow or a chocolate chip in the bottom of the cone before adding the ice cream will prevent those drips.

    • Patti says:

      I totally do that. I put candy in the bottom to keep the ice cream in. My ODD was like, ‘wait she (lil sis) get’s candy too?’ cause she likes her ice cream in a bowl. Less clean up for me = candy in the cone, works for me!

  40. I am a total control freak when it comes to dripping ice cream cones. I shout directions to the children. It’s a little embarrassing in public.

    • Alli says:

      I am so glad that you admitted to that, because it means I’m not the only one. I know that it is wrong, but I can’t help myself — ice cream is one of the great joys of life and should never be squandered. Apparently I find this to be a more important lesson than “Be kind to others.”

  41. melissa says:

    that’s rad

  42. Jennifer says:

    I have to help my HUSBAND with this! He eats an ice cream cone like a toddler! I guess he didn’t have a wonderful Mommy like you to teach him how to clean it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. CW says:

    First time in 7 years, I recently treated myself to a cone of my very own. Not drippy and germ laden or soggy in the cone – and MY FLAVOR!

  44. AnnaPK says:

    HA!! This post is now tied as my favorite with the one about not sleeping at night with Crappy Baby nursing and Crappy Papa snoring!

  45. Elisabeth says:

    I hear the ice cream is calorie free when you are just helping the kids too … even more reason to have more than one child … more than one ice cream cone at a time … mmmmm

  46. Mary Kate says:


  47. Celeste says:

    Problem? What problem? ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. deneen says:

    i’ve been helping my kidlets out for 13 yrs now – that is why i havent lost the baby weight yet … gotta keep helping the babies! lol!!

  49. Rebecca says:

    Oh god, my dad used to do this and I was so grossed out by it. Please tell me I won’t do this to my kids….but I probably will, I’ve already licked my finger to get stuff off their faces.

  50. Moo says:

    Mom of the year!

  51. Freya says:

    If you want a drip free experience (even though it means no lick for you) cut a hole through a cup cake foil and shimmy it up the cone, or popsicle stick…. the cup cake wrapper will catch the drips, then chuck it!

  52. Vibes says:

    When we were little and would go out for ice-cream, we would taste each others’ flavors. My mum was an ice-cream cone pro too. So mch so that we (my brother and I) called her “Jaws”!

  53. I am 29 years old. To this day, if I eat an ice cream cone with my father, he anxiously points out the drips as if I can’t handle them on my own. Now I see he may have an ulterior motive.

  54. Kristin says:

    I just did this at least 10 times yesterday with my 6 year old’s cone! It was soft serve to start out with, so you have to be speedy and know how to eat it. He doesn’t know how, but I sure did! It was tasty!

  55. Melissa says:

    Now my pregnant self wants to go out and get icecream cones for my boys so I can have some lol.

  56. Claudia says:

    Trouble is, our daughter violently objects when you attempt to ‘trim’ her icecream. Never mind that one of her favourite catchphrases (that she must have got from nursery) is ‘Caring is sharing’. Which she often says just before or after working herself into a state of hysteria because she doesn’t want to share something with one of us.

  57. Julia Adams says:

    Plus, you’re parenting, which is work, and everyone knows calories consumed during exertion don’t count!

  58. Rebecca Hoop says:

    Usually I share your posts with my husband. But not this one. I’m keeping this tip for myself!

  59. Ladies…every mothers DUTY is to protect their children. Therefore….any time your children are about to eat anything that looks appetizing to you…this is what you say: “Hand it to mom for a second honey, I need to check if it’s poison”

  60. annie says:

    Haha I learned this trick from my dad (hated it when he did it– he left me with midget ice cream!!!). We call it “cleaning” the ice cream.

  61. rivky says:

    Not sure if anyone suggested this but try putting a marshmallow in the bottom of the cone before putting ice cream inside, it’ll stop the drippies!
    (Of course you still get your “mommy tax” from the drippies on the top ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    AWESOME blog btw!
    An avid follower ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Kara says:

    That used to work for us until my youngest caught on and scolded me with, “IT’S SMALLER! Not supposed to eat it, mom!” That’s when I wish for super-hero powers…. Thanks for the incredible blogs, they are a highlight to my mornings to read them with a cup of coffee.

  63. BJ says:

    Hah. Love the ‘bent arm holding your sore back’ picture! I’m SURE icecream will cure that for you!

  64. Sarah says:

    My uncle once licked cookies n’ cream ice cream off his daughter’s arm while at the beach to find that while it looked like my cousin had dripped creamy delicious cookie bits o’ goodness on her arm, in actuality, it was sea gull poop.

  65. Tara says:

    My dad used to do this even when it wasn’t hot out. He called it taking his “daddy tax” out of our ice cream. That’s my dad, teaching us about our civic duty from day one.

  66. Melanie says:

    My mom used to ask for just a bite and then, with one bite, eat half of what we proffered. Would drive me nuts.

  67. Outi says:

    While I think this post is adorable, I feel like I just have to be a party pooper here. It’s very important to children’s dental health that parents don’t share food with them – or use the same fork, spoon etc with their kids. Parents usually have (unless you’re one of those very lucky people who never needed a filling in a tooth) a bacterium called Streptococcus mutans which they then accidentally transfer to their children and this is what eventually causes tooth decay when the child is older.

  68. Brooke says:

    My little girl was devastated that she couldn’t get her favourite ice-cream at the putt-putt course. She was excited for days. She told everyone at putt-putt. She was good as gold. She ate all her dinner. No ice-cream because “they only have it in summer”. We don’t eat ice-cream in summer because IT MELTS BEFORE you get to eat it! which means you’re not eating ice-cream. So summer is for milkshakes. Winter is for ice-cream. For this mob of nutty human beans anyway.

  69. Hilarious as always! And we have all experienced the 360degree lick, right?

  70. lawahine says:

    I’m awesome at ice cream cones too.