The History of Ice Cream Cones

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Learn about the history of ice cream cone.s.

The ice cream cone has been around for quite some time.

Prior to the 19th century, ice cream eaters used paper and metal cones which allowed for the easy grasping of their favorite treat.

These cones appeared in Germany, France and England. While the history of edible cones is still fuzzy to this day, the ice cream holding treat was mentioned in French cookbooks as early as 1825 and they were described as rolled cones derived from waffles.

Another chef listed an edible cone in a cookbook from 1888. The England based chef’s recipe called for almond cornets which were baked in the oven.

Although the differing methods for ice cream cones had previously been around for awhile, in 1896, a man who emigrated from Italy is credited with inventing the first cone in New York City. He received a patent for his work in 1903.

However, debatably the most recognized event behind the ice cream cone is the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. A Syrian concessionaire, Ernest Hamwi created a crisp, waffle-like cone.

Roughly 50 ice cream vendors and 12 waffle stands took up residence at the fair. Apparently the Syrian male created the cone to assist an ice cream vendor who had run out of paper dishes.

Hamwi began venturing throughout the United States promoting what he called the World's Fair Cornucopia as a innovative way to eat ice cream. In 1910, he opened the Missouri Cone Company and officially called his creation an ice cream cone.

As the demand for ice cream increased, the want for the radical cone went along with it.

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