With the proliferation of artisanal and specialty ice cream shops in New York City, Kristine Tonkonow saw an opening that would marry her love for the dessert with her talent for baking. Tonkonow launched The Konery — a creatively-flavored, hand-rolled ice cream cone company — in 2014, and has since grown the operation to offer wholesale, retail, and catering.
The Konery's production takes place at 630 Flushing in Brooklyn — home base to a number of New York's artisanal food brands, like McClure's Pickles and People's Pops. The company's one-of-a-kind machine presses and stamps Tonkonow's flavored batterer with The Konery’s characteristic pattern at a rate of 500 cones an hour. Each cone, in flavors like birthday cake, red velvet, and salted blue corn, is rolled by hand, or formed into one of The Konery's newer products, like bowls, cup dividers, or fortune cookies. Watch the video above for a look at the cone machine in action.