Wendy's has been dressing up the Frosty in different ways for the past several years, most recently serving them up in shake and parfait form. The latest spin on the chain's signature frozen dessert (an original menu item from when the restaurant first opened in 1969) is deliciously straight-forward: chocolate or vanilla Frosty served inside a crisp waffle cone for $1.69. The portion looks to be about the same as a Jr. Frosty (79 cents), meaning the cone comes at a steep premium, relatively speaking. Even with tax included, it's still less than $2.
Full disclosure: I'm not a huge fan of the Frosty. It's always struck me as a frozen dessert that's trying to be two things, and failing at both. It's too melty to be soft serve and too thick and icy to be a milkshake. Taken by itself, in a cup, it's too boring, and adding flavor syrups only makes it tooth-achingly sweet. That's why newest formulation is so genius. It keeps the Frosty simple and classic, while serving it in a way that spins its shortcomings, especially being too melty to be ice cream, into a feature. With the crunchy waffle cone acting as an edible container, you get to eat it like a melty, soupy soft-serve. No spoons, no straw.
The waffle itself isn't all that remarkable. There's no one making them fresh behind the counter; these are strictly mass-produced cones. Still, they're tasty. The texture is on-point (crisp, crunchy, and flaky) and the flavor is sweet without tasting artificial. The cone is also looks sturdy enough to stand up to Frosty meltage, which seems destined to happen in the summer heat. Then again, if it's warm enough that you can drink your ice cream, it'll be gone before any cone structural issues come into play.
By staying true to the original Frosty, and adding a crunchy element that lets you enjoy it without the use of any implements other than your tongue, Wendy's finally got a Frosty reboot right. I'll be back.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax