July 23: The Ice Cream Cone (Maybe?)

ice cream coneAccording to the Library of Congress, today might be the day the ice cream cone was created at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair.

Although history shows that conic paper and metal ice cream holders had existed for years prior to the Exposition, the World’s Fair would see the birth of the edible ice cream cone that we still enjoy today. Legend states that an ice cream vendor at the Exposition’s midway ran out of bowls and soon had to find something new to serve his ice cream in. Some versions of the story say he placed the ice cream in pastry cones and served it to customers. Other versions of the story claim that a nearby waffle vendor offered the ice cream man rolled up waffles, which led to the birth of the waffle cone.

Unfortunately, although many have claimed to be the inventor of the ice cream cone, no one candidate has been proven as the true culinary innovator. In the meantime, let’s honor that anonymous man with a classic cocktail made with ice cream: The classic “frozen” version of the Grasshopper. This combination of ice cream and sweet spirits makes for a delightful alcoholic milkshake.

“Frozen” Grasshopper

  • 3/4 ounce Creme de Menthe
  • 3/4 ounces White Creme de Cacao
  • 2 cups mint chocolate chip (or vanilla) ice cream

Mix all ingredients in a blender, until nice and thick. Serve in a tall glass with a straw and spoon, garnish with mint.

Tomorrow: A writer gets out of prison.

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