August Ice-Cream Cone Poem
Paul B. Janeczko
Food Fight, edited and illustrated. by Michael J. Rosen. Harcourt Brace & Co, 1996. p. 37.
In looking for images of ice cream cones, I found a reference to…..
The Hokey Poky
Now, I’m probably not the only one who wants to know what is the connection between ice cream, cone and Hokey Poky.
Honestly, What’s it’s all about?????
In New Zealand there’s an ice cream called Hokey Poky.
But that’s not all…..
Hokey Poky was also slang in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for ice cream vendors – it would seem especially Italian Ice cream vendors. Hmm, My people.
Before there were cones, there were penny licks. A penny lick is the dish the ice cream was sold in. You licked the ice cream and gave the bowl back. The bowl was washed/rinsed and used again…I would just like to add “grimace icky yuck’ here. Hence the invention of the CONE. And not a moment too soon.
The first ice cream cone was produced in New York City in 1896 by Italo Marchiony, an Italian immigrant who was granted a patent in December 1903 for “small pastry cups with sloping sides.” The bottoms were flat, not conical. Ice cream and more Italians…There are other cone invention stories. But this is the earliest patent.
Of course, although it’s totally unfounded, the very invention of ice cream has been attributed to another Italian – Catherina de Medici…which is nonsense, but the idea that the French had no good food until an Italian girl brought it over to them ….fantasy fiction is not such a recent invention after all.