The Day by Day History of the
Ice Cream Cone Makes Appearance at World's Fair
Would you rather eat
delicious, creamy ice cream from a bowl or a cone? Over time,
several inventors around the world developed ideas of filling
pastry cones with ice cream, and versions of the ice cream cone
were invented. The walk-away cone made its debut World's Fair
debut in St. Louis in 1904. Of course, before the cone, someone
had to invent ice cream. Do you know when ice cream was
The origins of ice cream go way back to
the 4th century B.C. when the Roman emperor Nero ordered ice to
be brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit
toppings. In the 13th century, Marco Polo learned of the Chinese
method of creating ice and milk mixtures and brought it back to
Europe. Over time, people created recipes for ices, sherbets,
and milk ices. It became a fashionable treat in Italy and
France, and once imported to the United States, ice cream was
served by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Dolley
Madison. Jefferson's favorite flavor was vanilla. What's yours?
Whatever flavor ice cream you like best,
you can make it by mixing cream, sugar, and flavorings (like
chocolate or strawberry) and then carefully lowering the
mixture's temperature until it sets. The discovery of using salt
to control the temperature of the ingredients, along with the
invention of the wooden bucket freezer with rotary paddles, were
major breakthroughs in the creation of ice cream as we know it.
A Baltimore company was the first to sell it to stores in 1851.
Finally, with the introduction of refrigerator-freezers came the
ice cream shop, which has become a symbol of American culture.
Do you scream for ice cream?