Ok, since I have been spitefully and jealously picking on Italy (’cause I want to be there), I guess I’ll share these. I posted that last “Why you shouldn’t go” and quicker than you can say Cannoli, Ann (anncruise) sent me these. Ann was this a scolding? ~Marie
Italian A Day ~ National Italian-American Foundation In 1896, Italian immigrant Italo Marcioni invented the first ice cream cone in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1895, when Marcioni arrived from Italy, he sold ice cream and ices from his push cart on Wall Street, serving them in glass containers. But, the containers were a hassle to manage and sometimes would even be taken. Then, Marcioni had a thought – serve the ice cream in a cup that could be eaten as well and there would be no worry over containers. Marcioni’s invention caused a spike in ice cream sales on Wall Street and soon he was operating a chain of carts. To keep up with the demand for cones, Marcioni took things a step further, adapting the design of a waffle iron to create a device into which batter could be poured, backed and produce several ice cream cups. His device was awarded a U.S. patent in 1903.