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The scoop on the cone

Did you know that the ice cream cone was invented in New York City? The first ice cream cone was produced in 1896 by Italo Marchiony. Marchiony, who emigrated from Italy to New York in the late 1800s.  He was granted a patent in December 1903. Although Marchiony is credited with the invention of the cone, a similar creation was independently introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. At the fair, ice cream vendor Charles Menches ran out of dishes for his ice cream and then turned to a neighboring booth run by Ernest Hamwi, who was from Syria. Hamwi was selling a Middle Eastern treat called Zalabia. Zalabia consists of a crisp, wafer-like pastry sold with syrup. Rolling up the Zalabia, Menches scooped his ice cream on top.  Necessity really is the mother of invention!

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