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Normally when faced with eating two foods where one takes a "mizonos" blessing for grain products, and another takes an all-encompassing "shehakol" blessing, we try to eat the mizonos food first. How do you do this with an ice cream cone where you can't get to the cone without first eating the ice cream which is shehakol?

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    The question in the title is not exactly the same as the one in the body. Regarding the one in the title, see here. – Fred May 19 '13 at 7:06
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    @6red - you were right. Thanks to msh210 for fixing it. – Bruce James May 19 '13 at 12:16
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OU.org says the cone does not need a brocho; it is subordinate to the ice cream.

Even if ice cream is eaten in a cone, only Shehakol is necessary, since the cone is eaten only because of the ice cream and is clearly subordinate to it. Its purpose is actually not so much to be eaten as to hold the ice cream and to prevent the hands from becoming soiled (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 212b; Mishnah Berurah 212:5; Kaf Hachaim 15). However, if you specifically use a sugar cone because you enjoy eating it, Mezonot must also be said before eating the cone.

For the enjoyed sugar cone, I suggest biting a piece off the bottom after saying the brocho.

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Say "m'zonos" and nibble a bit off of the lip of the cone, or eat some other food that has the same b'racha.

  • That was my first instinct (practical advice essentially), but then I considered that it may be impractical in some cases (e.g. no other food available and unstable ice cream balanced on the cone), which likely motivated the question. – Fred May 19 '13 at 7:47
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    OU.org says the cone does not need a brocho; it is subordinate to the ice cream. "Even if ice cream is eaten in a cone, only Shehakol is necessary, since the cone is eaten only because of the ice cream and is clearly subordinate to it. Its purpose is actually not so much to be eaten as to hold the ice cream and to prevent the hands from becoming soiled <snip> However, if you specifically use a sugar cone because you enjoy eating it, Mezonot must also be said before eating the cone. – Avrohom Yitzchok May 19 '13 at 10:43
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    @AvrohomYitzchok -souns like a winning answer to me, not a comment. – Bruce James May 19 '13 at 12:17
  • @AvrohomYitzchok, yes. The question seems to be assuming a case where both b'rachos are to be said, so I assumed that in my answer also. Not only a sugar cone would require a b'racha but a waffle cone eaten because the eater likes waffle cones (I assume. CYLOR). – msh210 May 19 '13 at 23:31
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My solution is by far more fun than the other two answers. Say Mezonoth, bite the point off the bottom of the cone, say Shehakol, and suck the ice cream through the bottom!

  • +1. You may need to eat a little from the top before the ice cream melts sufficiently; or, if it's melting already, you may need to say "shehakol" fast. – msh210 May 19 '13 at 23:33

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