Friday, December 11, 2009

Chair #345

—Designer unknown

How fun, and delicious in lime green.

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There are all sorts of ice cream cones....Sugar cones, waffle cones, and even kiddie cups. It's a cornet or cone-shaped pastry, made of a wafer, usually with a decorative with criss-crossed ridges on it, similar in texture to a waffle. Ice cream is served in these clever cones, allowing it to be eaten without a bowl or spoon. To me there is something sort of gross about frantically liking ice cream before it melts on a warm summer day. It feels a little barnyard to me, and so I generally go for the cup and spoon method of attack, with the cone on the side. Much more civilized. The sugar cone has a pointed bottom, and the waffle cone has a flat bottom that can be set upon a table. Sugar cones are much better tasting, in my humble opinion.

French cook books going back to 1825 mention the edible cone, except they called it a coronet, and most likely stuffed it with a gorgeous pastry cream and/or fruit. Julien Archambault describes a cone where one can roll "little waffles." The first cones were lovingly rolled by hand, forming the cone shape immediately after the biscuit came out of the oven and was therefore still warm and pliable. Lotta love there, making cones by hand. Thankfully in 1912, an inventor from Portland, Oregon named Frederick Bruckman patented a machine for rolling the conical confections. He sold his company to Nabisco in 1928, who are still producing ice-cream cones today. Something to note, Ben & Jerry's make their own ice-cream cones.

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