Nov 10, 2010

The Mystery Of the Cone

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By Tanveer Khadim

Ice cream is part of the global diet and is consumed by people irrespective of their age especially during summer. Probably the most popular way to consume this sweet, creamy delight is in the form of  an ice cream cone. Before the advent of walk-away edible cones, paper and metal cones were used for serving ice cream in Europe.

The history of the ice cream cone is surrounded by controversy as several inventors are credited for this unique invention. It all started at the St. Louis World's Fair, also known as the St. Louis Exhibition, in 1904, where the crispy, crunchy treat was introduced to the public and gave rise to the controversy as to the real inventor.

On July 23, 1904, an ice cream seller by the name of Arnold Fomachou ran short of clean serving bowls. Next to his stall was a waffle stall run by Ernest M. Hamwi who came to the rescue and offered to make cones by rolling up his zalabia pastries. At another stall, a salesman also began rolling up waffles into "cornucopia" shape and filling scoops of ice cream in them.

It is quite possible that many inventors invented the cone simultaneously as there were more or less 50 ice cream and waffles stalls at the fair. These edible cones became an instant hit and since then there has been no looking back.

These days a variety of cones are available as cakes cones (also known as molded or flat-bottomed cones), waffle cones, sugar cones and wafer-twisted conical cones.

Source: Dawn Newspaper (Pakistan)