By Holly Wise
The Cove Herald
It seems like the perfect time to open Copperas Cove's only ice cream parlor as residents look for ways to stay cool in the stifling summer heat.
The Waffle Cone Shop, located on U.S. Highway 190 next to German Imbiss, will open soon, owner John Hayes said as he put the finishing touches on the shop's interior Wednesday afternoon.
"I saw Copperas Cove didn't have a traditional ice cream parlor. I thought it would be a nice niche to fill," he said.
When customers enter the shop, they'll be taking a step back in time as they're served ice-cream in chilled glasses and freshly made waffle cones and listen to 1950s music from a jukebox.
"A step back is what I'm aiming for," Hayes said. "I want them to be able to enjoy an old-fashioned experience."
The shop will offer 12 flavors of Blue Bell ice cream including sugar-free flavors and sherbert to accommodate customers of various dietary needs.
For those who aren't worried about their sugar intake, Hayes will have a challenge for them in April when he introduces the Stem, a sundae that Hayes said he'll make sure is the largest in Texas.
Adventerous ice cream consumers will have 40 minutes to eat the more than 5-pound ice cream sundae topped with a cherry. The only thing allowed to be left uneaten is the cherry stem.
The ones who succeed will get the sundae free, get a T-shirt and have their picture posted on a wall that Hayes has left empty just for Stem conquerors. Those who don't finish the sundae in 40 minutes will owe Hayes $35.
Hayes said he's researching how big the Stem will have to be to claim the title of Texas' largest sundae. "If it has to be bigger then 5 or 5½ pounds, we'll do that," he said.
Hayes said he spent eight months formulating the idea of the Waffle Cone Shop. Three weeks ago, Hayes said his wife gave the go-ahead when the location became available.
The shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
During the first week of business, customers who buy one ice cream cone will get one free.
"If you want to sit down and enjoy a huge banana split, this is the place," Hayes said.
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