I was never very interested in history as a kid. I don’t know if it was the teachers or simple lack of interest, but what did fascinate me was the history of food (no surprise there!). My favorite story was about the origin of the ice cream cone. The legend goes that Ernest Hamwi had a waffle booth at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Arnold Fornachou ran an ice cream stand in the booth next to him, but he ran out of bowls. Ernest rolled a waffle around some ice cream and right there, the first waffle cone was born.
I would dream about being there at the World’s Fair and eating sugar-crusted waffles filled with ice cream. I imagined the sun beating down and the sweet cream running down to my elbows.
I had never actually made waffles and ice cream until yesterday. The kids came home from school and were more than happy to help me with the photos. H held the waffles filled with ice cream while A held the white reflective board. They were both giddy, waiting for their chance to dig in. They each had a serving we piled up the rest high on a plate and delivered it to the neighbors. Squeals arose as soon as the door opened. As my daughter said, “It can not get any better than that.”