Pat Shingleton: "The Cone Did It!"
This month, you may have been thinking of Abe Doumar, Albert Kabbaz, Arnold Fornachou or David Avayou. All claim the invention of the ice cream cone. July is Ice Cream Month and the Library of Congress identifies Charles E. Menches as the inventor. He and his brother Frank also claim the invention of the hamburger in Hamburg, New York. They originally topped Parisian waffles with ice cream then wrapped warm waffles around a cone-shaped splicing tool for tent ropes, to create the cone. Syrian immigrant, Ernest Hamwi contended that he provided the Menches boys with zalabia, another waffle concoction when they ran out of glass cups. In 1903, Italo Marchiony patented a pastry cup machine for ice cream. Cool off Wednesday, it's Ice Cream Day.