My Favorite Dessert

Doodlewash - My Favorite Dessert Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone

Though I’ve doodlewashed some truly decadent desserts over the past few months, I’ve never painted my favorite. Yep, of all the wondrous sugary treats in the world, like a little boy, I still favor a vanilla soft-serve ice cream cone. Though I won’t turn down a hard ice cream version, of course. It’s really all about the cone itself. A crunchy, surprisingly tasteless little ice cream holder that serves as a hand-held edible bowl. As a kid, I thought this was brilliant and still marvel at the perfection of this deceptively simple invention as an adult. Of course, having one of these treats during the hot summer months is mostly a game of frantic licking in a race to avoid having the top melt uncerimoniously down your hand. But that is also part of the fun.

For those interested in playing along, we’ll be traveling through our favorite things this month and if you’d like to join in, just click here to learn more!  I selected the first of the 31 prompts, but still not sure if I’ll continue to follow these or start venturing off into parts unknown. I’m also not sure if I’ll be painting daily this month or take a break. I should probably consider one, since this is my 395th consecutive day of doodlewashing, but wonderful habits are as hard to break as bad ones, so I’ll probably just keep right on painting! It’s become part of my daily routine and something I’d miss if it were gone.

Right now, I’m just really missing ice cream cones and realize it’s been weeks since I’ve had one. I guess that’s why they call it a treat. Yet, I have wine much more regularly and it never fails to feel special. Though many of my tastes have changed, it’s fun to know that the same little ice cream cone that captivated me as a kid, still holds my heart as a somewhat grown up man. It’s interesting and challenging to determine what one might consider the favorite when thinking through a list of options. Perhaps, it’s never just one, but the one that comes to mind first is usually one that’s pretty special. In that moment in time, it’s the clear favorite, even if you can’t always remember exactly why.

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59 Comments
  1. A beautifully painted treat, Charlie. Your sweet spot, indeed!! 💜

  2. debiriley 12 months ago

    that is a Fabulously Painted ice cream cone Charlie!! wow! love it 🙂 and, once again, now – I’m hungry! lol cheers, Debi

    • Author

      Me too!! It’s a mirage!! Lol I still haven’t gotten to eat one yet! So happy you liked it Debi! 😃💕

      • debiriley 12 months ago

        oh no! I thought you’d painted YOUR ice cream cone you were eating!! …..Charlie, did you pinch that cone off some poor little kid, just to do a painting?!! oh my! lol

      • Author

        Haha! No! 😊I only paint food from photographs… (Much prefer eating the food in front of me than staring at it to sketch! 😊🐷Lol) and this would have melted long before I could finish it! Lol

      • debiriley 12 months ago

        LOL you’d really have to paint fast on a HOT day! 🙂

  3. dkatiepowellart 12 months ago

    In fact, if I had my druthers, I’d have the cone filled with vanilla ice cream — leveled — a few of those instead of the piled high ice cream. It is the crunchy cheap old fashioned cones filled with the ice cream. Yum.

  4. memadtwo 12 months ago

    Well now you’ve got me craving soft ice cream…where’s that ice cream truck when you want it? (K)

  5. Teri C 12 months ago

    Perfect ice cream cone! Love the hint of color in the vanilla.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Teri! 😃💕 Philippe told me to add a bit of yellow for the “fat” … ugh… thanks for reminding me this isn’t a health food. lol

  6. Margaret Parker Brown 12 months ago

    Love your ice cream cone….and I am also a fan of the soft vanilla ones as well and they are so darn pretty and taste so good!

    • Author

      Thanks, Margaret! 😃💕I know! I want to have them every day! Lol Thankfully for my waistline I refrain from that though.

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 12 months ago

    Now look what you just made me do, Charlie – I grabbed a Drumstick ice cream cone out of the freezer – before dinner yet! And let me tell you – it was delicious!
    Your soft serve cone is perfect – the swirly ice cream with its soft rolling peaks, the cake cone with its tufted texture, the shadows following the form of delectable goodness – a reminder of all things hot summer and cold treat. I’m hoping that all your 31 Favorites are not food or I will be in so much trouble, and my doctor will call you.
    Just saying…..

    • Author

      hehe… so happy I could tempt you to be naughty, Sharon! 😃💕 Lol Love it! And the 31 list has some food in it, but it’s not all food. That said… who knows if I’ll follow it or not! I could easily do another month of food… I love it!

  8. Manny 12 months ago

    Super yummy! My fave – all it needs is raspberry sauce and a chocolate flake then I’m all good 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe… thanks Manny! 😃💕 Glad you liked this… yeah… most people like a little something extra with these! I just like it plain. 😊

  9. theturtle 12 months ago

    Wow! 395th day ? I don’t think I’ve ever kept a new habit going for so long 😉 Congratulations Charlie , but then … you are having a whole lot of fun doing these doodlewashes and it shows 🙂
    Perfect swirl 🙂 and the textured cone looks so real !
    Turtle Hugs

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much! Yep! 395… so I figure I have to a least pass 400! But who knows… I don’t think I could stop now if I tried! Glad you liked the ice cream! Thanks! 😃💕

  10. Curious to the Max 12 months ago

    Deeeeeeeelicious Doodlewash! You got good tastebuds – vanilla soft serve is my favorite too. When I can’t get soft serve I nuke the ice cream in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften it.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Judy! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! Yeah… I have to have it a bit soft in any form. When I was a kid I’d take the spoon and mashed up the hard ice cream and keep mixing it until it became like soft serve. hehe

  11. KB Garst 12 months ago

    Wonderful! We have a shop here called Dairy Queen and we get treats just like this one! When my dad was a boy he had a friend that works at the DQ and he would give him free cones all the time. 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks, KB! 😃💕I grew up with DQ!! That’s pretty much the only place I got my soft serve vanilla cones, other than a fair. Free cones though sound awesome. I bet they even taste better!

  12. Snehal Kank 12 months ago

    Woow! It’s ready to eat! Well Done friend! Vanilla and Straberry are my all time fav!

  13. Jill Kuhn 12 months ago

    Looks like a swirling treat of yumminess! 😃❤️🍦 I love the creamy chocolate soft serve ice cream in a cone… Oh, yeah! Thanks for the memory, Charlie! I can’t eat these anymore but oh, a girl can dream!! 😊 Lol! 😆💜🌈

    • Author

      Thanks Jill! 😃💕 Sorry to tempt you… but if it makes you feel any better, this was a photo reference and I’m STILL craving one! Haha! 😥

  14. M. L. Kappa 12 months ago

    Ooh, I love this too! Killer!🍦🍦🍦🍦💕

  15. Carrie Lynn 12 months ago

    Ice cream love!!!! Your version is just ready to be eaten! Yummy! Lets go get some real ones now! 😀 😀 😀 <3

  16. Books Pens & Needles 12 months ago

    Mine too 😉

  17. Oh yes! My whippy….or a 99’……with a big fat flake shoved in it, painted again so well, that I want to grab it off the page and give it a big lick, although I prefer a bigger one! And maybe two at once, double trouble……a full double cone, and can I please have two flakes ❤️ Naughty but nice!

  18. Jodi 12 months ago

    Amazingly done Charlie! The details done so exquisitely it almost looks like a photo. Don’t know how you do it but you continue to blow me away. And now I want a DQ! 😊

  19. Lemon 12 months ago

    I had one of these last night from Chic-fil-A. 😀 Well done, Charlie!

  20. ParallelLookingGlass 12 months ago

    never before has an ice cream cone sounded so appealing!

  21. Jacob 12 months ago

    Well, you’ve made me wish certain inclinations were different, so that means you did an especially awesome job! I can practically hear that pretty Greensleeves chime 😉

    • Author

      Hehe… I was wondering how you might receive this one… it’s JUST ice cream… beautiful ice cream… crying out to you to change your mind!! Haha! Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃

  22. artandmoondreams 12 months ago

    A delicious looking painting, beautifully done and so life-like. Your painting was on my mind this morning while running errands so stopped at a drive-thru on the way home and got one of these refreshing treats, thinking the whole time about your painting. ;D

  23. YesterdayAfter 12 months ago

    Oh wow Charlie I am so ready to eat this delicious ice cream cone! 😉 <3 you painted beautifully and looks sooo real! Yum ;D

  24. Riddhi Sharma 12 months ago

    The kid in me wants it just right now 😁

  25. Bernadine 9 months ago

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    • Author

      Thanks so much! So glad you liked it! 😃

      • Bernadine 9 months ago

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      • Bernadine 9 months ago

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