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When you think about ice cream, you immediately picture two scoops on top of a cone. Nowadays, we can choose among waffle, wafer, or sugar cones for our ice cream treat.
Before the ice cream cone was invented, children (and adults) eat their ice cream from small glass containers. These were called “penny licks” and were sold on ice cream carts. They lick their bowls clean and return it to the ice cream cart seller. The seller then dips the used container into a bucket of water before scooping ice cream for the next customer.
It wasn’t a hygienic practice. So, that’s when the idea of using edible containers surfaced.
Just like the ice cream sundae, the invention of the Waffle Cone has many story variations. The most popular story is the invention of ice cream cones in the 1904 World’s Fair.
Ernest Hamwi, an immigrant from Syria, made and sold zalabia, a wafer dessert at the fair. His booth was next to an ice cream stand. He talked to the ice-cream seller and suggested that they combined their products. It was a hit! He went on to build the Missouri Cone Company.
Despite being recognized by the International Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers as the creator of the ice cream cone, there were other contenders to the invention. Nick and Albert Kabbaz, a Syrian immigrant who was at the World’s Fair as well, claimed that he was the one who gave the idea to Hamwi to create the cones.
Another seller at the fair was Abe Doumar, who also claims to have created the ice cream cone. Doumar started sharing his ice cream cone idea to other vendors. At the end of the fair, Doumar was given a waffle iron and he started perfecting his waffle cone idea. He eventually opened his ice cream cone shop called Doumar’s in Coney Island.
Italo Marchioni is also credited to have invented the waffle cone. He was granted a patent for a “molding apparatus for forming ice-cream cups and the like” in September 1903. His story was based on the idea that penny lick containers were not sanitary.
The history of the ice cream waffle cone is complicated. We may never really know who invented it first.
Launched on: May 11, 2020