Monday, August 20, 2007

Origin of the Snow Cone

Do you know when and where the first snow cones were served? Here’s a quick history lesson for all of us. “You learn something new everyday!”

Samuel Bert of Dallas, Texas sold snow cones at the State Fair of Texas in 1919, and he invented a snow cone-making machine in 1920. Bert was a fixture at the State Fair, selling his snow cones there (and selling his machines world-wide) until his death in 1984.

A snow cone is a dessert item usually made of compacted shaved ice flavored with a brightly colored, sweet syrup, which is generally fruit-flavored. Variations include the "stuffed" snow cone, which has a layer of soft-serve vanilla ice cream inside. Some snow cones are served with a spoon, while others are meant to be eaten with the hands like an ice cream cone. (Source: Wikipedia)

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