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Today is Ice Cream Cone Day

22 September is Ice Cream Cone Day.

There’s not really a lot you can say about the ice cream cone (this day is specifically about the cone itself, not the treat it lets you hold, and avoid having it melt in your hand).

Edible cones were mentioned in French cooking books back around 1825, when Julien Archambault described how one could roll a cone from “little waffles”.

Another printed reference to an edible cone appears in Mrs AB Marshall’s (English) Cookery Book. Her recipe for “Cornet with Cream” said that “the cornets were made with almonds and baked in the oven, not pressed between irons”.

Edible cones have also been patented, separately, by two entrepreneurs (both Italian) in the years 1902 and 1903. Antonio Valvona, an ice cream merchant from Manchester patented a biscuit cup producing machine in 1902, and in 1903, Italo Marchioni, an Italian ice cream salesman, filed for patent of a machine which made ice cream containers.

Doesn’t really look right when it’s empty – but then again, I DID say the cone was the subject, not the filling.

Ice cream cone

Ice cream cone

Bonus fact

I don’t want to get tied up in the detail (enough of that nonsense above, when I specified the cone apart from the ice cream on top), but originating in Glasgow, but used generally in Scotland, and ice cream cone is referred to as a ‘pokey hat’.

Look the term up online, if you want to know the background and detailed meaning.

Aw.. OK… it’s the cone with the ice cream on top, so-called because it looks like hat.

Happy now?

Oban Pokey Hat

Oban Pokey Hat

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22/09/2019 - Posted by | Civilian |

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