Eat your ice cream before it melts, they say. But if you’re picking up a cone from Corner Cone ice cream parlour in Abu Dhabi, you’d be perfectly excused for stopping to take a picture (or 10) of your sweet treat first.
The quaint ice cream shop located in Al Nahyan is popular for selling some of the quirkiest, most creative ice cream cones in the capital.
On its bestsellers' list are several summer-themed ice cream cones including, Tropical Shark, Baby Toucan, Summer Party and Summer Trip Flavours.
Scroll through the photo gallery above for a look at some of its bestsellers.
Fatema Al Hammadi, the owner, says she discovered the Taiwanese brand in 2018 through Instagram and got in touch with them right away for franchising options. The brand opened its doors in Abu Dhabi towards the end of 2019, but a grand launch party was derailed because of the pandemic.
Nevertheless, it has been gradually gaining traction over the months thanks to its creative cones. The Hello Kitty and Micky Mouse varieties are some of its most popular, Al Hammadi says, and the brand launched Spacey Mansoori, a UAE-themed ice cream cone that pays tribute to the country's first astronaut, Hazzaa Al Mansoori.
There are a number of different ice cream flavour options, including passion fruit and charcoal. Meanwhile, the add-on elements are made with a special mould and some of the waffle cone batter.
It also launches special-edition designs for events such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and UAE National Day, Al Hammadi says.
“The reaction has been great,” she says. “People love the ice creams. And they all enjoy taking pictures of the ice creams before they eat it, too.”