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"I Scream, You Scream..."

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, July 22 2015 Jul 22, 2015 July 22, 2015 3:00 AM July 22, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

My wife Mabyn and I enjoy taste tests... we've taste tested everything from wine and Irish Whiskey to homemade pickles and marinara sauce, made from our home grown tomatoes and cucumbers. As a "sidebar," imagine commuting every weekend from Baton Rouge to Pittsburgh... We did that from 1979 through 1981 and three benefits of those excursions were: Beto's Pizza, Tambellini's zucchini, apple cider and most importantly J & T Frozen Custard. The Krebs family held onto this marvelous tradition of creating an ice-cream-custard that is off-the-taste-testing-charts. A couple of years ago, we taste tested Breyer's, Blue Bell and Kleinpeter' Dairy's ice cream.  With our hot, muggy weather, you may have enjoyed a scoop or two recently and probably never thought of Abe Doumar, Albert Kabbaz, Arnold Fornachou or David Avayou. All claim that they... invented the ice cream cone. We are past the half-way point for Ice Cream Month.  The Library of Congress identifies Charles E. Menches as the inventor of the ice cream cone. He and his brother Frank also claim the invention of the hamburger in Hamburg, New York. To create the cone, the brothers originally topped Parisian waffles with ice cream. They then decided to wrap the warm waffles around a cone-shaped splicing tool designed for tent ropes. Syrian immigrant, Ernest Hamwi, operated a shop near the Menhces boys and insisted that when they ran out of ice cream cups, he assisted by providing them with "zalabia," that replicated another waffle concoction. In 1903, Italo Marchiony patented a pastry cup machine for ice cream.I would love to be in the parking lot of J and T Custard Stand in Ellwood City, PA., today, enjoying a three-scoop chocolate cone, visiting with DeWitt Krebs and bringing my 94-year-old Mom, Grandma Shirley, a couple of her favorite scoops.

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