A History Of Ice Cream
“I scream, You scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream”
Further progress took place when this semi frozen mixture proved to be the perfect topping for the cone which accidentally emerged when in in 1904 a Syrian namely Ernest E. Hamwi, rolled a waffle at the St Louis World’s Fair in the USA for his neighbouring ice cream seller who had run out of dishes and so the cone was born per chance and now 116 years on it is still in great demand. By the end of the 19th century Soda Fountain shops appeared, ice cream Sundaes were invented, and the military served it to its troops as morale boosters.
Wall’s merged with Mr whippy in 1964 but the more modern styled vans are still about today. Walls and now “boutique brands” of ice cream, independent gelato shops and ice cream parlours can be found globally and with the introduction of home freezing, supplies can be bought and stored and tucked into when the desire so takes, without waiting for the ice cream van piping out Greensleeves, so that you knew it had arrived in the street.
Popular flavours today are chocolate, salted caramel, vanilla, daring options include chilli, lemon poppyseed, pear and blue cheese. There are organic and vegan options, chai tea flavoured or rum and raisin, avocado or garlic; all in all, hundreds to choose from.
Mr Ice Cream Man
1958 gave birth to the soft ice cream lovingly known as Mr Whippy which was piloted in Birmingham, England, with its initial 6 pink and cream ice cream vans that soon expanded to 150 and drove up and down residential streets selling beautiful white swirls to kids – old and young. Add a chocolate flake and it became a ’99 and with two flakes it is affectionately known as bunnies’ ears. The Americans called it Mr Softee having blue and white vans cruising the residential areas with similarly the same impact and raised voices of excitement.
Be it at the funfair, along the prom, relaxing in the garden, watching a movie or whenever the craving takes over; covered in chocolate sauce, thousand ones, nuts, fruit, out of a tub, an ice cream truck, or from an artisan, ices evoke a feeling of happiness. An accountant friend of mine once said to me “everyone loves an ice cream; it can’t help but bring a smile to your face” and Mike I believe you are right.