During the long winter months, when sales naturally slow, Brian and his team have more time to get wild in the kitchen. It becomes a sport, a competition of sorts, to see who can come up with the most labor-intensive flavor. The Creamy Cyclone takes the cake, but it’s not even one of the crew’s ideas! This one came from a fan contest on Facebook. We provided the framework: Come up with a flavor that was an ode to Coney Island and included nuts. (Yes, there were some suggestions that included Nathan’s hot dogs, but hot dogs aren’t bacon, so forget about it.) As hard as Brian and his team have tried, they haven’t come up with a tougher flavor than this one. It captures all the elements of a summer afternoon on the boardwalk: kettle corn–infused ice cream with salted peanuts, ribbons of salted fudge caramel, and oh, yeah, pieces of homemade funnel cake!
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