If you're looking to save on frozen treats while still having the taste of summer in your hands, it's worth heading to Lidl's freezer aisle.
Lidl's strawberry cones proved bigger, cheaper and tastier than the Cornetto equivalent, so are definitely one to stock up on ahead of the summer holidays.
We tested strawberry ice cream cones from nine different brands, including Wall's Strawberry Cornetto and cheaper rivals from the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's and Lidl, to find the king of the cones.
With the help of a panel of consumers ready and willing to take on the tough task of eating ice cream, we can reveal that switching to a supermarket cone can be a treat for your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Lidl's cheap and cheerful Bon Gelati cones came top (though there is a catch to be aware of) and a number of other value supermarket options also ranked higher than Cornetto.
Read on to see the full results and find out which supermarkets stock the best strawberry ice cream cones, plus what you can save if you switch.
Lidl was the stand-out winner on flavour, and one of the cheapest options too. But its cones do have a higher sugar content.
If Lidl isn't your local, there are other supermarket own-label ice cream cones that are good choices too. Here are our top picks, followed by the full rundown of results:
£1.45 for six 120ml ice creams (24p per cone, 20p per 100ml)
These Lidl cones are worth shouting about. They're the clear winners by quite a margin, and a step up from the rest on flavour. Most tasters found they had the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess, plus they had a good amount of strawberry sauce.
Be aware that they do have slightly higher sugar content than other options - though they are also bigger. They also contain palm oil, though Lidl says this is from RSPO certified sources (find out more in our ).
At just 24p per cone they're the second cheapest on test, making them a great value option, particularly considering the larger size, as well as top for taste.
£1.09 for four 110ml ice creams (27p per cone, 25p per 100ml)
Morrisons' ice creams impressed on both creaminess and texture of the cone. Although the scores for flavour didn't quite hit Lidl levels, they're still a great-tasting treat, with 71% rating the strength of strawberry flavour just right.
If you like plenty of sauce in your cone, these are a good option as they're a little heavier on the strawberry sauce compared to others we tested. Several tasters also commented on the generous amount of chocolate in the bottom of the cone.
£1.10 for four 110ml ice creams (28p per cone, 25p per 100ml)
These Asda cones don't look as appealing as Morrisons' and Lidl's, and some tasters remarked that they look a bit messy and rushed. They still taste good though, and they're on par with our top-scoring cone for creaminess, strength of strawberry flavour and amount of strawberry sauce.
Price-wise they're average, costing 28p per cone.
£2 for six 90ml ice creams (33p per cone, 37p per 100ml)
We were surprised to see Wall's Strawberry Cornetto come in as the second lowest scorer overall. The texture of the cone is as good as the highest scorers, but it fell behind in other areas. A third of people found the Cornetto tasted too sweet and almost half of our tasters said it wasn't creamy enough.
The white chocolate curls on top turned a few heads though. They're some of the priciest we tested, costing 9p per cone more than Lidl.
Almost wherever you shop (except, ironically, Iceland) it's worth trying the own-brand version.
Some supermarket cones weren't far behind the top three. On the whole though these ice creams didn't do quite as good a job of balancing flavour, creaminess and texture.
It's no surprise that all of these strawberry ice cream cones are pretty sugary. Per cone, sugar content ranged from 13g to 20.4g. Iceland's ice cream contains the least sugar per cone and sneaks in just under the level that class as high.
Lidl's Best Buy cones contain the most sugar, but they are also the biggest - 120ml vs 110ml for the rest. Wall's Cornetto's are even smaller at just 90ml per cone. This difference didn't go unnoticed in our tests, with some panel members remarking on Cornetto's diminutive size.
While M&S' ice creams are the priciest per cone (by a penny), the cone size difference means that per 100ml, Cornetto is the most expensive ice cream by 5p.
So, in terms of value for money and taste, Lidl's is a savvy choice. However, if you want smaller portion sizes, consider a smaller cone from another high scoring supermarket, such as Asda or Morrisons.
The ice cream cones were assessed in May 2022 by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and consume ice cream.
The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK. Each strawberry ice cream was assessed by 69 people.
The ice creams were taken out of the freezer three to five minutes before serving. The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the ice creams was fully rotated to avoid any bias. Each panellist had a private booth, so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.
The overall score is based on:
These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different strawberry ice cream cone attributes.
All of the ice creams we tested were sold in multipacks. The cardboard cartons and circular 'lids' on the ice creams are recyclable with your kerbside cardboard collection, if you have one. But the rip-off sleeve is usually not recyclable.
Prices correct as of 23 June 2022. Story updated 27 June 2022.