When I was a kid, back in Wisconsin in the '70s, one of my favorite treats was a soft-serve ice cream cone dipped in cherry-flavored topping.
Although it hasn’t disappeared — the internet turns up photos and other examples of this treat —cherry-flavored dip is not nearly as easy to find as it was when I was a kid. I honestly don’t know the last place I’ve seen it. I remember getting these cones at Dairy Queen, but their website doesn’t list cherry as a flavor option for dip cones.
But the '70s were a long time ago, and Wisconsin is now far away (for me). So I’ve been thinking about cherry dip cones, and have a few questions (that border on theories):
[li]Was cherry-flavored ice cream dip always a niche product, and I just happened to benefit from its brief run of semi-popularity?[/li][li]Has cherry, as a dessert flavor, been supplanted by strawberry or (shudder) raspberry in the “red sweet food” category? [/li][li]Are cherry-flavored dip cones a regional thing —and maybe also a dying thing? [/li][li]Was that ever a flavor option at Dairy Queen, or am I conflating small regional stands with a familiar national brand?[/li][li]And, most importantly, where in god’s name can I get my hands on a cherry-dip ice cream cone within 100 miles of Portland, Oregon?[/li][/ul]
Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.