The Invention of the Ice Cream Cone by Charles Menches – at the World Fair, St Louis, 23 July 1904

Posted on July 23rd, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 23 July 1904, Charles Menches had a ‘Eureka!’ moment, while watching people eat ice cream at the World Fair at St Louis.

In short, Menches suddenly received a visit by the ice cream cone muse (aka ‘Mr Whippy’) - and the rest is history and 99s!

So, to celebrate the tardy arrival of the sun this summer, we thought we’d post this story about the ice cream cone – 108 years young today!

There are 100s of different flavours of old newspaper stories about ice cream (including secret recipes…) in the Archive.

newspaper story about how the ice cream cone was invented

Hull Daily Mail – Tuesday 29 December 1931

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