What to make when the request is to include dinosaur cookies at an ice cream social? Why you pull out the trusty T-Rex, pterodactyl, triceratops, and stegosaurus cutters and think ice cream cone. I know, ice cream in a cone does not date back to the time of the dinosaurs but I can imagine what it would be like if it did…
Do you know the story of the ice cream cone? The first ice cream cone was produced in 1896 by Italo Marchiony. Marchiony, who emigrated from Italy in the late 1800s, invented his ice cream cone in New York City. He was granted a patent in December 1903.
Although Marchiony is credited with the invention of the cone, a similar creation was independently introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian concessionaire. Hamwi was selling a crisp, waffle-like pastry — zalabis — in a booth right next to an ice cream vendor. Because of ice cream’s popularity, the vendor ran out of dishes. Hamwi saw an easy solution to the ice cream vendor’s problem: he quickly rolled one of his wafer-like waffles in the shape of a cone, or cornucopia, and gave it to the ice cream vendor. The cone cooled in a few seconds, the vendor put some ice cream in it, the customers were happy and the cone was on its way to becoming the great American institution that it is today.
Let’s hear it for immigrant ingenuity!
It wouldn’t be an ice cream social without regular ice cream cone cookies too.