Five Weird Ice Cream Cone-Related Inventions (It's National Ice Cream Cone Day! )



Today, September 22 is National Ice Cream Cone Day.

It evokes for me the memory of a sweltering New England summer day, circa 1978.  I was a sweaty fat kid, brimming with predatory hunger. I gazed impatiently at the soft serve machine which was swirling chocolate and vanilla into a stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth wafer cone that would soon be showered with rainbow jimmies and handed over into my pudgy little fingers. Mine, all mine! 

And with one overzealous lick... .
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..it zaps me back to present-day recalling a quote from author Jim Fiebig: "Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone." How true.  

Supposedly, wafer-type objects had been paired with "iced" cream as far back as the 1700's.  Most tales of the cone's invention, however, begin and end with the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and a handful of immigrant vendors all claiming to have been making their own version of a thin, flat waffle called a zalabia when a nearby ice cream peddler ran out of bowls. 

Faster than you can say "lickety split," the ice cream cone was born and ever since, man and beast have delighted in the icy treat and its edible, hand held vessel.

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All of this new knowledge got me perusing ridiculous amounts of ice-cream-cone merchandise online: cone-shaped pens, lamps, throw pillows,, and muffin tins; plus jewelry, scarves, socks, and sexy ice cream cone outfits.  (#5)

Several websites even offer step-by-step tutorials for crocheting your very own ice cream cone shaped oven mitt (#4) and believe it or not, a cozy for your cone. (#3)

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Some of the more memorable cone-related inventions include Ice Cream Cones cereal from the 80s (#2), and, for lazy folk who find the act of twirling the cone at mouth level far too exhausting a process, a motorized ice cream cone (#1) that relieves you of the arduous work; it spins the ice cream around so you need only stick out your tongue.

Made of dishwasher safe plastic, it runs on two double AA's and comes in an assortment of fun colors. Of course with a lazy tongue like that, any adult who makes this purchase is destined a long, lonely life and probably doesn't get out much past a late-night run to 7-11 for another gallon of Double Mocha Chunk, anyways.  Happy Shopping!
















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