Where was the first ice cream cone invented? The question may be a bit baffling to you – is it in a food cart or in a museum? Certainly, it’s a classic American dessert, and the cone is as American as apple pie, but where did it come from? Here are some possible candidates. We’ll examine the historical and technological contexts of the invention of the cone, and then discuss the origins of the ice cream cone itself.
The ice cream cone has many names, but it actually started as a rolled waffle that was baked in a round shape and then rolled. Later, this style evolved into two distinct varieties: the rolled cone, and the molded cone. In 1904, the first known ice cream cone business was run by Stephen Sullivan. A rolled cone was a griddle-baked waffle that was rolled as it came off the griddle. Another type was the molded cone, which was shaped by pouring batter into a mould, inserting a core, and then splitting the waffle.
Many people believe that the ice cream cone was invented in Italy or France. While the true cone was a food cart accessory, it was actually invented by Italian immigrants in Manchester, England, during the inter-war era. The Italian immigrant population in the United States was largely reliant on the food trade. Many of them lived in poverty and were subjected to exploitation and substandard conditions. However, the ice cream cone made its way to America during that period, and it’s a cherished American tradition.