Best Groceries: Macey’s wins with Kong Kone tradition

KING OF THE KONES The Ultimate Kong Kone — a one-pound ice cream cone — has been part of the Macey’s tradition since 1991.

The Ultimate Kong Kone — a one-pound ice cream cone — has been part of the Macey’s tradition since 1991.

Children in shopping carts, parents needing groceries and teenagers looking for a treat have all been screaming for ice cream at Macey’s over the past quarter century, which is one reason Macey’s was voted Best Groceries for 2016.

“Many family activities center around coming to Macey’s and getting ice cream cones,” says Darin Peirce, division manager over Utah County Macey’s stores.

Macey’s ice cream is more than your typical ice cream cone — it’s jungle sized. The towering soft serve ice cream is dished up in vanilla, chocolate or twist. And the lick-worthy Kong Kones can be swirled in sizes up to a pound of ice cream.

While the Kong Kone originally referred only to the largest sized ice cream cone, today every ice cream cone at Macey’s is called a Kong Kone. They come in four different sizes: Baby (5 ounces), Momma (1/2 pound), Daddy (3/4 pound) and Ultimate (1 pound).

Macey’s named their original dessert “Kong” after the gorilla who received his education at Ice Cream University and is a personal friend of Curious George. Before there was Kong, the store’s character was a moose.

Ice cream first made an appearance in the Lindon Macey’s Snack Bar — which originally served stadium food such as hot dogs and nachos — in 1986.

In 1991, the Macey’s in Orem expanded to a full service deli, like you see in their chain of stores today, and the Kong Kone was added to the menu.

“We view the ice cream program and Kong Kones as a key element of the offering we have at Macey’s,” Darin says. “We are very proud of the long history we have. It’s just part of the happy shopping experience we have at Macey’s.”

See the full list of 2016 Best of Utah Valley winners here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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