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   Ice Cream Cones

  • On a hot day in the Summer of 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair, Anas Hamawi, a pastry baker of Syrian origin, rolled up some of his Zalabia pastry and sold the cones to an ice cream concessionaire who was running out of dishes. They called it the "World's Fair Cornucopia." Hamwi was busy with the Cornucopia Waffle Company. In 1910, he founded the Missouri Cone Company, later known as the Western Cone Company.

  • Ice cream was very popular at the turn of the last century and so it is not surprising that there were over 50 ice cream vendors selling a total of 5000 gallons of ice cream per day at the Fair. Ernest Hamwi also had a booth at the fair but he was selling a type of waffle (zalabia), not ice cream. One day, the man (Arnold Fornachou) at the booth next to Hamwi ran out of small dishes to serve his ice cream. Hamwi got the idea to roll one of his hot Belgian waffles into a cornucopia and told Fornachou to put a scoop of his ice cream into the cornucopia's mouth. They were an instant hit with Fornachou's customers who lined up to have their ice cream served this new way. In fact, the cones were so popular at the Fair that St. Louis foundries started manufacturing molds for making the cornucopia shaped cones. The cones were first given the name "World's Fair Cornucopia" until about 1909 when they were renamed "ice cream cones". The cone obviously gained popularity across the United States because by 1924 Americans were consuming upwards of 245 million cones per year.

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