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The Konery

Kristine Tonkonow

How did you get started in this industry?

My name is Kristine Tonkonow and I am the CEO & Founder of The Konery. I have always been passionate about food (particularly sweets!) and my face still lights up every time I take a bite of something delicious. Before starting The Konery in 2014, I spent ten years building a prominent career in the food and beverage industry in a variety of roles from operations to sales to business development. My eureka moment came one day in 2013 while experimenting with baking waffle cones in my parents’ kitchen. My unique flavored cones were too delicious to not share with the world, so I left my corporate job to pursue The Konery full time. Our mission at The Konery is to make delicious, fresh, and ingredient-driven waffle cones that represent a modern and innovative twist on a classic. Since our company began in 2014, our focus has always been to use quality ingredients to make taste, flavor and texture our number one priority. We’re experts when it comes to cones.

What is your favorite item to make and why?

My favorite cone to make is Toasted Coconut! When we make this cone in production, the amazing and delicious aroma transports me to an exotic beach with warm, sunny vibes and salty, sweet air. Paired with chocolate ice cream, it is the perfect combination of flavors.

Any advice to new makers?

Be passionate about what you do and strive to be the best in your craft. Running a business is incredibly difficult with lots of daily obstacles and challenges- you will not survive without passion!