Ice Cream: A Global History GIVEAWAY

1 Aug

I had always thought that once you grew up you could do anything you wanted – stay up all night or eat ice cream straight out of the container. ~ Bill Bryson

Fellow ice cream lovers, have I got a treat in store freezer for you!!

Ice Cream: A Global History

Laura B. Weiss, the famed author of Ice Cream: A Global History has teamed up with 365scoops for a very special interview and GIVEAWAY. That’s right, you read this correctly. Not only do you have the chance to learn fun and interesting ice cream facts from the ice cream guru herself, but you also have a chance to win an autographed copy of Laura’s wonderful book.

Laura is an author, journalist and editor whose food, travel and lifestyle stories have appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York Times,, Saveur, Travel + Leisure and more.  Formerly a writer and editor for TIME’s school edition, Laura also worked at AOL, where she was responsible for directing and negotiating content partnerships with major news and entertainment brands, such as Teen People, PBS, and Cartoon Network.

How did 365scoops get to team up with Laura? Well, when I wrote the delicious post about Ben’s Bars many moons ago, I was gifted Ice Cream: A Global History as a thank you. I’ve cherished the book ever since and recently Laura reached out asking whether we could potentially work together. Folks – dreams really do come true because now me, little old me, is interviewing her royal ice cream highness, Ms. Laura B. Weiss!

365Scoops: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and why?
Laura B. Weiss: I know this is boring, but chocolate unless I order a sundae, in which case I want really great vanilla with tons of hot fudge. No whipped cream, please.  I like my ice cream in its purest form. If it’s really good ice cream, that’s all you should need
(Laura, I am right there with you! Chocolate is the best!)
365Scoops: Which country consumes the most ice cream in the world?
Laura B. Weiss: Statistics vary but it’s either the US or Australia.
365Scoops: Who actually invited the ice cream cone? Some say it was the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, and other’s say it was in NYC. What is the truth behind the legend?

The real ice cream cone

Laura B. Weiss: The mother of the ice cream cone (yes, it was a woman!) was an English cookbook writer named Agnes B. Marshall who in the 1880s created a recipe for a cone that could be filled with water ices or pudding. You ate the dish with a knife and fork! Then we get to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. That’s where waffle vendors and ice cream vendors got together. They must have said something like  “See all these hot, hungry people? We’ll sell them an ice cream treat they can walk around with and we’ll make a bundle!” There were four and possibly more vendors who claimed credit for the Fair’s cone. A New Yorker named Antonia Valvona came up with a cup-like cone the year before the Fair. So I guess if you come from St. Louis, you like the World’s Fair creation story. If you’re a New Yorker, you’ll root for Vavona.

365Scoops: Tell us a bit about the differences in ice creams across cultures
Laura B. Weiss: Ice cream is pretty universal and vanilla is the most popular flavor around the globe. But each culture adapts ice cream to its own culinary traditions. So, for example,  the Japanese like flavors like kurogoma (black sesame seeds) and  kinako (powdered, roasted soy beans).  Gelato is an interesting case of how each country’s culinary traditions can change a traditional food. In Italy, a classic gelateria will serve only a handful of flavors like pistachio and chocolate. In the U.S. and in other western cultures, gelato has been transformed into a dessert that defies the traditional dish. I’ve seen chocolate chip gelato and dulce de leche gelato.
365Scoops: What is your favorite, most obscure ice cream fact?
Laura B. Weiss: Can I have two?
First, Hollywood movie directors filming Westerns would wave ice cream cones in front of mules used as extras to get them to perform in front of the camera.
Second, it seems that Ben Cohen one of the founders of Ben & Jerry’s has very little sense of taste and smell. That’s why they incorporated texture in the form of chunks of cake and candy into their ice cream.
(365Scoops: I love you Ben Cohen!)
365Scoops: Who is responsible for today’s artisanal ice cream trend?


Laura B. Weiss: A lot of people would credit Haagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s, but I give the nod to Howard Johnson. He came up with the idea of a multitude of flavors–28 to be exact. He tried to wean Americans from those stuffy old standbys–chocolate, strawberry and vanilla and introduce new flavors like Maple Walnut and Caramel fudge.

As if that wasn’t enough, here’s the cherry on top:  The first person who poses a unique and interesting ice cream related question on the 365scoops facebook page, tweets @365scoops and @foodandthings will win a signed copy of Laura’s book. Sounds pretty sweet to me! May the biggest ice cream enthusiast win!

2 Responses to “Ice Cream: A Global History GIVEAWAY”

  1. Mitch August 3, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    The ice cream cone was invented in 1896 with a patent being issued in 1903 to Italo Marchiony. The widespread use of ice cream cones occurred after its introduction at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and many credit this as the birth of the ice cream cone. So just like the birth of ice cream, nobody knows for sure when the cone really was invented.

    • Mitch August 3, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Q: What is the primary ingredient in ice cream?

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