By Joe Bachman
PLOVER — Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to get a head start on the season than enjoying some of the area’s finest homemade ice cream.
King Cone will open their doors for the season on Friday, Feb. 16. Champions of the Plover Area Business Association’s ‘Business of the Year’, as well as a multitude of awards from the World Dairy Expo, National Ice Cream Retailers Association, and more, the Klosinski family; Judy, Maynard, and Ben — will continue what they do best — deliver homemade ice cream to the masses.
As has been the process for over 30 years now, King Cone makes their award-winning ice cream on-site, and with a growing flavor number up to nearly 150, it’s no surprise that many in the area look forward to opening day of the ice cream season. What may be a surprise is that some in the area still believe that the ice cream sold is bought from an outside source — which is simply not the case.
However, beyond the fact that all flavors are made on-site and are homemade as can be, it’s the extensive effort that is put into the process that seems to separate King Cone from others in the area, and it comes down to two major components:
“Fresh ingredients and hard work,” said Ben Kosinski. “It’s more labor-intensive than just getting it from one of the big guys, but it gives a personal touch. We can do flavors that other people can’t.”
“We do seasonal flavors — We’ll come out with rhubarb and strawberry — carrot cake and pumpkin pie in the fall; we try to get flavors out there that you can’t buy elsewhere.”
The family-owned establishment separates themselves from the rest of the pack, not only from their unique flavors, but their partnerships with local businesses. This season will see an oatmeal cookie flavor made with cookies from Main Grain Bakery, as well a Strawberry Balsamic flavor with ingredients from Diversi-Tea in Stevens Point. Coming even sooner will be King Cone’s ‘Ponczka Style’ flavor; just in time for lent.
“We try to use local as much as we can,” said Judy Klosinski.
Utilizing cherries from Door County and cranberries from the Wisconsin Rapids area, the business prefers to stay on track to support local. Back by popular demand will be ‘Butterfinger-Lickin’ Good’, as well as some opening day favorites, including Zanzee Chocolate and Lemon Pie.
Opening day is Feb. 16 at noon; the first 100 customers will receive King Cone’s World Dairy Expo award-winning Lemon Pie Ice Cream with a special promotion on the lid. King Cone in Plover is located at 2534 Post Road and runs school hours Monday–Friday 3PM-9PM and Saturday and Sunday Noon-9PM.