Little Joys—Waffle Cones

We went with friends to Carolina Beach for spring break this year, and one of the stops we made (twice? maybe three times?) was at a little ice cream shop called Boombalatti’s. Not only was the ice cream so good we went back twice or maybe three times, but they make waffle cones in-house.

You know the waffle cones are made in-house when that warm, sweet aroma wafts out the door and around the corner as you approach the ice cream stand. That aroma takes me to Carolina Beach and also St. Augustine, to that one ice cream shop in Old Town, to vacation destinations, to time with friends and family, to laughter and delicious, sticky indulgences. 

I decided, with my friend Becca, that any time a place makes their own waffle cones, one must order them. I’m 40 now; I have lived too long abstaining from this delight because I think it might save me a couple of calories. Why should we deny ourselves this great and rare pleasure? What is living if you do not order the house-made waffle cone?!

The years are too short to pass on waffle cones.

Photo by Maria Orlova

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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