If you have a box of ice cream cones in your pantry that is nearing its expiration date, then listen up, because we have some seriously brilliant ideas for you! Believe it or not, these sweet vessels of waffle and cake goodness are much more versatile than they look. Here are some of the most unexpected ways you can repurpose those cones.

  1. Cupcake Cones

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    This ingenious cone recipe is similar to that of the beloved cake pop, but we think the end result tastes so much better. As a bonus, the treat is melt-free, making it a perfect, no-mess dessert for little ones.

  2. S’mores Cone

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    A large waffle cone acts as the best vessel for hot, ooey-gooey s’mores. Just drizzle some chocolate sauce on top and you will be in heaven!

  3. Milkshake Cones

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    Pouring a bit of your favorite milkshake mixture into a sturdy cake cone makes for a deliciously unexpected treat. Top with whipped cream, cherries, and sprinkles for some extra pizzazz.

  4. Cone Planter

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    If achieving your summer bod means that you have to ditch those ice cream cones, then donate the treats to your garden instead. These biodegradable wonders will do a great job of housing your most vulnerable seedlings.

  5. Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder

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    Give your visiting birdies a surprising treat by preparing these cute ice cream bird feeders. Your high-flying friends will love this homemade recipe, and best of all, the cones are a heck of a lot cheaper than pricey suet blocks.

  6. Kahlua Ice Cream Cone Shots

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    Planning a boozy girls’ night-in? If so, we think your BFFs will go gaga for these sugary sweet Kahlua cone shots!

  7. Fruit Cones

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    Since spring tends to be a birthday-heavy season, you may be finding that your kids have been eating way too much sugar lately. To combat this, simply fill some cones with delicious seasonal fruits and berries. If you have a particularly fussy eater, try freezing the fruit first in order to give the treat a similar feel to ice cream.

  8. Snack Mix Cones

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    Instead of offering up dinky paper bowls for your guests’ hors d’oeuvres, add your favorite snack mixes into large waffle cones. The presentation is super clever and the individual cones are much more sanitary than having everyone rifle through a communal bowl.

  9. Rice Crispy Treat Cones

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    Those who like their desserts dense and marshmallow-filled should look no further than this seriously decadent recipe. The best part about putting the treat in a cone is that it means no sticky fingers!

  10. Caramel Popcorn Cones

    caramel popcorn conesTaste of Home

    For a savory alternative to the aforementioned Rice Crispy cone, sub out the sugary cereal mix for some addictively salty popcorn.

  11. Meringue Cones

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    If you are really wanting to make a big splash at your next get-together, give this bedazzling rainbow meringue cone recipe a try. This unicorn-inspired dessert is almost too gorgeous to eat!

What do you think of these ice cream cone hacks? Which one do you plan on trying first? Do you have any ideas that you would like to add to this list? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!