Saint Joseph, MO

Kris and Kate's Ice Cream: a delicious twist on the original Twistee Treat in St. Joseph, Missouri

CJ Coombs
Original Twistee Treat Ice Cream Stand, St. Joseph, Missouri. It's now Kris and Kate's Ice Cream.Photo byMargolies, J., photographer. (1996)/Library of Congress.

It doesn't have to officially be summer to get your ice cream treat! Maybe seeing ice cream dripping off of a waffle cone brings back childhood memories — a memory we keep repeating. 

Twistee Treat, a corporate-owned chain of ice cream restaurants was founded in North Fort Myers, Florida in 1983. The unique Twistee Treat stand pictured above in St. Joseph, Missouri, is now called Kris and Kate’s Ice Cream in St. Joseph, Missouri, and it's pink.

Kris and Kate’s Ice Cream

In 1997, the Twistee Treat restaurant was purchased by Gary & Dianna Power. They passed on the ownership to their children, Kris and Kate. They went with the ’50s and ’60s themes and painted the cone pink. Their motto is Meet Me at the Cone.

The sisters grew their business for 22 years. In 2020, it was sold, but its legacy lives on. It’s located at 2330 N. 36th Street in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Another location of Kris and Kate’s was opened at 119 W. 4th Street in downtown Maryville, Missouri.
Kris and Kate's location in Maryville, Missouri.Photo byKris and Kate’s via Facebook.

Twistee Treat USA, LLC

What’s unique about this restaurant is that it’s shaped like a soft-serve ice cream cone. Of course, children will want to go here. According to Twistee Treat USA, all the ice cream is homemade.

In the early 1990s, the original company’s 23 locations in Florida filed for bankruptcy. In 1996, a new Twistee Treat company was established. By 1999, there were 35 locations in Florida and Missouri.

In 2010, Twistee Treat USA acquired the patents and rights to the company and began building new stores still under the Twistee Treat name. When the original and second parent companies for Twistee Treat ceased operations, the rights to its name and building were given to the individual franchisees.

While all new Twistee Treat stores are corporate-owned, several privately owned stores from the previous corporations still operate in the United States. Those stores were granted the rights to use the name and building design and are allowed to operate. However, the menu items at privately owned stores might differ from corporate outlets. The new buildings under the Twistee Treat banner are corporate-owned.

The menu at Twistee Treat USA includes many flavors to drop into the different cones: cake (regular cone), sugar, waffle, or fun cone with sprinkles, nuts, or chocolate at the top. You can also get a Twirl with your favorite candy blended into your ice cream. 

Visit here to see other Twistee Treat locations in the U.S., including photos. Who doesn’t like ice cream cones? Fun fact: on August 28, 2008, the ice cream cone became Missouri’s official dessert.

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Multi-genre writer and indie author with a BA in Eng Journalism & Creative Writing. My working career has been in law firms, and I retired early so I could be a writer all day. You could say I'm from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri because I was born into the Air Force life. I love family, art, reading, history, true crime, travel, and research.

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