Here’s the scoop! If your sweet tooth is aching for a sweet treat to eat, you’re in luck. Not only is Sept. 22 National White Chocolate Day , Dear Diary Day and Elephant Appreciation Day, it’s also National Ice Cream Cone Day! Hooray!
Just in case you are wondering why this cool and creamy food holiday is celebrated as cooler weather approaches, there is a logical reason. On this day back in 1903, the ice cream cone was invented.
It’s hard to imagine life without cones. But back in the day, folks had to eat ice cream out of dishes and glasses. Some of the dishware got broken or stolen, which added additional costs to vendors. And on sweltering summer days, cool scoops of ice cream were in big demand, and whoever was washing all those dirty dishes by hand had a hard time keeping up! If only there were edible containers to put all that ice cream in!
Who Invented Ice Cream Cones?
While there is some debate as to who actually “invented” the ice cream cone, legend has it, ice cream vendor Italo Marchiony, created an edible cup for his homemade ice cream in an effort to reduce costs. He filed a U.S. Patent for his invention on September 22, 1903. But an ice cream merchant from England, Antonio Valvona, received a U.S. Patent for his edible biscuit cups machine back in 1902. Both men created edible ice cream cups with flat bottoms and tapered sides. And during the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, Ernest Hamwi claimed to make the first edible waffle cone, called a zalabia. He received a patent for his delicious waffle pastry cone-making machine in 1920.
Regardless who invented them, ice cream cones are delicious treats that are fun to eat and are available in a slew of different flavors, shapes and sizes. In honor of National Ice Cream Cone Day, why not try to make a batch of homemade cones from the recipes below?
Homemade Ice Cream Cone Recipes
- Mini Ice Cream Chocolate Cones – These cones are sure to be a great bit hit with ice cream lovers of all ages!
- Waffle Cone Recipe – You’ll need heavy cream, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch for this recipe which also calls for a waffle cone iron.
- Make Your Own Ice Cream Cone on a Panini Press – Fair warning – these homemade cones look delicious! Make your own cone using a Panini Press by following these simple step-by-step directions.
- Ice Cream Cone Cakes – Betty Crocker whips up these adorable ice cream cones filled with cake instead of ice cream! Cute!
- Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – Martha Stewart shares this super-adorable recipe that calls for sugar cones, all-purpose flour, baking powder, unsalted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, chocolate, salted peanuts, Maraschino cherries, candy sprinkles, gel-paste food color and milk.
- ‘Cake’ Ice-Cream Cones – Now you can have your cake and eat it too! This recipe, from Paula Deen, calls for your favorite cake mix, eggs, vanilla, cooking oil and ice cream cones.
- Tuile Cookie Ice Cream Cones – This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, egg whites, unsalted butter and vanilla extract. You’ll also need parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.