Uncommon Knowledge: Who invented the ice cream cone?

Wooden Popsicle Coasters | UncommonGoodsThe story is often told that, during the sweltering days of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, an ice cream vendor ran out of bowls for his customers. His problem was solved by Earnest Hamwi, a Syrian vendor of waffle-like cookies who rolled one of his confections into a cone, forming the perfect, edible holder for a scoop of ice cream. But while Hamwi’s name is remembered as the ice cream cone’s inventor, plenty of other vendors at the Fair also claimed the idea was theirs. The treat was such an instant sensation that it spread like an avalanche from booth to booth, making it impossible to be sure who came first. Unless, of course, you discredit them all by acknowledging that waffle cone recipes could already be found in French cookbooks for at least 80 before that.”

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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