Beth Siegalkoff

Despite the official end of summer (today is the Autumnal Equinox), National Ice Cream Cone Day continues to be celebrated on Sept. 22.

Ice Cream Cone Day seeks to draw attention to the invention of the cone that holds the ice cream; an important, yet sadly often overlooked, invention that allows people to enjoy their scoops of delicious ice cream combined with a handily portable and edible wafer cone, often while out and about.

All it takes to really appreciate this day is to just begin by imagining what the world would be like without the equally useful and also delectable ice cream cone. A scoop of ice cream would have to be eaten with a bowl – and popsicles would probably dominate in the world of on the go frozen treats.

But, since the world does have ice cream cones, there is no need for paper bowls and plastic spoons, and when eating a cone there is less waste, making the ice cream cone a great contributor in helping to save the environment and reduce waste.

Many historians have attributed the invention of the ice cream cone to Italo Machioni, an Italian immigrant who had moved to the United States in the late 1800s. The cone was invented in New York City, first produced in 1896, and Machioni received a U.S. patent for his invention in 1903.

However, a similar invention was credited to Ernest A. Hamwi from Syria, who introduced his waffle pastry at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Though it only was to be sold as a pastry, when the ice cream shop next door ran out of dishes, Hamwi jumped in and offered some assistance.

By rolling one of his wafer pastries into a cone, he was able to solve his neighboring business owner’s problem and contribute to something that would eventually become an American icon.

In the early days, the cones were called cornucopia due to the shape. In fact, Hamwi named his business the Cornucopia Waffle Company. He sold his company in 1928 to Nabisco, and they still make ice cream cones today.

I think an ice cream cone with peanut butter and chocolate ice cream will be just the ticket for dessert tonight.

The Autumnal Equinox, mentioned above, signals the beginning of the fall season. It is the point where there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. If you live anywhere else, however, you will see a little bit more or a little bit less than 12 hours of daylight. The daylight hours will dwindle and will continue to do so until the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year that signals the start of winter.

Writing about winter almost makes me want to put on a sweater and turn on the heater. Maybe find a good murder mystery to read with a cup of hot tea. Oh, and maybe a warm cookie or two. And, for dinner – a bowl of Clam Chowder with fresh French bread. See what the mention of winter can turn into?

Flower of the day: Chrysanthemums

Recipe of the Day: Homemade ice cream on a cone

Dates to remember:

Sept. 27 through Oct. 2 – Liberty Ranch Homecoming Week

Oct. 4 through 9 – Galt High Homecoming Week

Oct. 16 – National Boss’s Day

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.