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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

The saying, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” was something my mom would say when I was growing up. A song written by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, and Robert H. King, in the 1920s became popular during the jazz era; and the song’s refrain, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” was even used in a 1991 TV commercial for Hershey Syrup.

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I am not sure where my love for ice cream started, but I think it was because it was one of our favorite things to do when we were growing up, especially in the summer. My dad would take my siblings and me to the drive up ice cream stand in Milton, NY on 9W and the Milton Turnpike; sometimes we would also go to the other one in Middletown near Marlborough on 9W!

Soft Serve Ice Cream in a Cone
Whits

My uncles loved taking us kids to get ice cream at our local gas station and mini market called Palmeters. We would all load into their convertible and drive down the street, no seatbelts, just excitement for ice cream! *The photo below is a photo of a gas station we saw when driving out to Lake Lure, North Carolina; it reminds me of Palmeters which was down the road where I grew up and where we would go for ice cream, eggs, milk, and gas.

Lake Lure Gas Station

I remember when we moved to Florida; there was an ice cream truck that would come to our neighborhood, and all the neighborhood kids would hear that bell and run out and get their favorites! I liked one of the pops with chocolate sprinkles on it. I can’t remember the name of it, but it was always so good!

le Macaron in Jacksonville Florida

According to an Old Farmers Almanac article on Ice Cream, ice cream always had a messy history. Many claimed to be the one who invented ice cream, starting from the Roman Emperor Nero to George Washington, who had a ‘cream machine for ice,’ which he mentioned in his ledger. You can read more about the history in the Almanac. But no matter who invented it, we need to praise them because, as far as I’m concerned, it is one of the best inventions ever!

The Parlour Coffee Ice Cream with Hot Fudge and Whipped Cream

Back on September 9, 1843, in Philadelphia, a woman named, Nancy M. Johnson, patented her ‘ice cream freezer.’ It consisted of a tub with a lid that holds a cylinder, dasher and a crank, which is the way many still make their ice cream today. A few years ago, I purchased a Cuisinart ice cream maker for my son’s birthday present; it’s much easier to use and different from what we had used before to make ice cream.

Now, to the story of who created the ice cream cone. Most places note that in 1896 the Italian, Italo Marchiony, made the first cone in New York and got it patented in 1903. However, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, (IDAF), others claim that in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair, Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian concessionaire, was making a crispy pastry called Zalabis; his stand was right next to an ice cream vendor. When the vendor ran out of bowls to serve the ice cream in, Hamwi rolled up one of his pastries and created an ice cream cone for the ice cream owner, so they decided to start selling ice cream served in a cone! You can read more about this at IDAF.

Sugar Cones with Dark Chocolate Ice Cream and Coffee Ice Cream

In 1851 the first ice cream factory began in Seven Valleys, PA by Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore dairyman. He had large amounts of cream, so he opened the first commercial ice cream factory and was known for shipping the ice cream to Baltimore by train. In the 1930s ice cream became extremely popular to soldiers, and that is why the Armed Forces became one of the largest producers of ice cream.

Ben and Jerry’s Two Of My Favorites

Another interesting fact, and one of my mother’s favorites that became one of our family’s faves, is an ice cream soda or root beer float! They became outlawed to serve on Sundays. I am not sure why, but because of that, those in Buffalo, NY; Evanston, IL; Two River, WI; and Ithaca, NY, all claim to be the first to come up with and serve the Ice Cream Sundae. So the Ice Cream Sundae was a way to get around that law. Get the play on words, Sundae – Sunday?

Ice Cream Sundae
Dairy Queen Cary, North Carolina

There is so much to learn about the start of ice cream. But I have some questions for you: do you like soft serve or hard ice cream? Do you like your ice cream in a cone or a bowl? What about toppings, what’s your favorite topping on your ice cream? What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What is your favorite brand? Do you make your ice cream in a George Washington ‘cream machine for ice’? It doesn’t matter who invented the ice cream, the essential part of ice cream is where to get some!

Culver’s Hand-spun Milkshakes

Above and below are some of my favorite places and flavors of ice cream!

Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz in S’mores I Make at Home

Some of these photos with ice cream, I have talked about in my earlier post. I will attach the links under each photo so that you can go back and learn about these places and where to find them.

Whits Almond Custard Almond Joy
Miss Angels Heavenly Pies Moonshine Ice Cream Mt. Airy, North Carolina

Don’t forget to tell me what kind of ice cream you like and where your favorite ice cream can be scooped up!

29 Comments

  • I am an ice cream addict. There. I said it! I like many flavors, but my all time favorite is Mint Chocolate Chip. And my favorite place to get a scoop, other than buying a quart at Trader Joe’s, is The Ice Cream Factory in Manalapan, Florida. But my very favorite way to eat it is in a Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie, which I need to write about soon.

    Thanks for such a wonderful post about ice cream Jenn!

    • Me too, at least I have been. Trying to eat a little bit less, but when I travel or a new place opens, I check it out!

  • Ice cream has always been my favorite dessert, and sometimes my evening meal too! Ha! All of these ice cream choices look delicious and make me want some right now.

  • I love the idea of going out for ice cream and we take the kids on a regular basis but sadly I’ve found that I just can’t eat it myself anymore. Luckily, my kids will share a bite with me and I still get the taste!

    • Vanilla bean is one of my go-to favorites also. I usually throw a few things on top like instant coffee, vanilla extract and mash a few oreo’s into the mix!

  • Oh my…. my father would freak out at this post!! His favorite thing to do is to go get local ice cream! What a great and fun article!

  • I think I need to go get some ice cream. I remember my dad always saying that there is always room for ice cream.

  • My mom and dad have always made yummy homemade vanilla ice cream in an ice cream freezer. (Not hand crank!) As the oldest child, I get the privilege of licking the beater when it is ready. Good times!

  • Ice cream is my favorite. I could eat it every day. This summer we are trying out as many different ice cream shops as we can. So fun and yummy!

  • Love ice cream in any season! I used to live in Vermont so gave Ben & Jerry’s a lot of business…their scoop shops serve so many different flavors. If you get the chance, visit their sustainability-friendly factory. And when in Minnesota, check out Sebastian Joe’s.

    • Yes, I am happy I don’t live close to my Ben and Jerry’s because scaling back on ice cream would be extremely hard! Thank you for the tip on Sebastian Joe’s we will have to check that one out when visiting Minnesota!

  • I had no idea all of these fun facts about ice cream! I was just at the store last night looking for ice cream deals because I only eat the best IC! It’s summer. There were none. That IC machine would not be my friend either!!

  • Do you know what a flake candy bar is? There is one featured in one of your pictures. That is one of my ultimate candy bars. That candy bar with soft served ice cream is the best thing I ever ate!!!

  • I totally scream for ice cream! What a deliciously fun post one if my fave kinds of dessert. That Parlour Coffee ice cream is calling my name.

  • What cute little shops and that ice cream truck is adorable! I love ice cream, who doesn’t?! The s’mores looks like something I need to try haha

  • Ice cream has been my middle name (although I recently changed it to Cheese- can’t live without). When on a road trip Dairy Queen is “my liquid diet”! Wish more locations offered chocolate flavor, but a small vanilla cup will do!! It’s important my passangers keep an eye out for the highway signs leading me to DQ!

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