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 - delicious." "Big Business" It was inevitable...
delicious." "Big Business" It was inevitable that ice cream would leave the back porch and become big business. When Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore milk dealer, found himself with a surplus of cream, he made ice cream — lots of it. In 1851, Fussell, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, became the first full -fledged ice cream manufacturer and wholesaler in America. As the industry grew,, increased output and lower prices put ice cream within reach of most Americans. In quick succession, they were able to reach for the so'da, the sundae, the ice cream cone and the banana split. Ice cream invention seemed to know no bounds. Robert M. Green, the generally acknowledged, sire of the soda, wrote in his diary: To note the effect of the new drink, I personally dispensed the first glass, watching'at the time with considerable anxiety, I must confess,-the effect upon the first drinker of "Ice Cream Soda." Green was a soft drink concessionaire at the Franklin Institute Exposition held in Philadelphia in 1874. Dispensing a concoction of sweet cream, syrup and carbonated water, he found himself in exactly the opposite predicament of Jacob Fussell — he ran out of cream. A. quick thinker, he substituted vanilla ice cream; and the restis history. "Bubbly Brew" The soda was a sparkling sensation' at the 1876 Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia. Certain critical clergymen, however, were less than delighted with the bubbly brew. In Newport, Vt., in 1890, a sermon warned, against "sucking soda" on Sunday. "Chicago's Heaven," as Eyanstbn, 111., was called in the 1890s, became the first American community to' legislate against the "Sunday Soda Menace." To avoid selling the illegal and immoral fizz on Sunday, the story goes, confectioners and druggists in Evanston and elsewhere created the "Soda - less Soda" or the "Sunday." Using the name of the Sabbath Day to baptize a gooey ice cream concoction further annoyed the guardians -of public morality, and, at some point, the name changed to sundae. The name may have been changed to protect the innocent, but the guilty went on slurping and spooning away.' Next-The Split! To make matters worse, Stinson Thomas, chief dispenser at Butler's department store in, Boston, trumpeted his 1905 invention of the banana split to The Soda Fountain magazine: "At first we left the peel on the banana in the plate, but some time ago we began removing it altogether. We found the ladies preferred to have the peel removed." On the other coast, in Los Angeles, Clarence Clifton Brown claimed to have invented the, horrors, hot fudge . sundae. Clearly, America was doomed. . The story of how Americans came to be a coniferous people is a conundrum replete' with competing claims • for the invention of the ice cream cone. What is clear at this point is that the cone was popularized at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fairand thrust~ into the hands of a waiting American public. Apparently, more than one .ice cream concessionaire plopped his product into a furled - up waffle from a neighboring stand, and from this marriage of convenience, the World's Fair Cornucopia was born. The ice cream cone was the consummate culinary creation for always - on - the - move - Americans. In the 1920s, when the country closed its saloons, the ice cream industry grew by scoops and cones. But when prohibition was over, the Ice Cream Review lamented in 1934: "The dime that went for soda now frequently goes for beer." Nevertheless, the ice cream industry

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  1. The Daily News,
  2. 13 Sep 1986, Sat,
  3. Page 13

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