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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010

You scream.

I scream

We all scream for ice cream.

And we all know where to get some too.

Willow Creek Café.

Or a half gallon of it at Super S.

Maybe an ice cream bar from Nu-Way or Short Stop.

Or GiGi’s or Town and Country.

Blow out all the stops at PJ’s.

Hot fudge sundae.

Banana split.


Or the classic: an ice cream cone.

Enjoy one at Northside Café.

The ever-so-popular, walk-away edible cone made its debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.

However, Americans have been eating ice cream long before then.

The first American ice cream parlor opened in New York City in 1776.

But earliest references to iced desserts go all the way back to the Roman Empire, A.D. 37-68.

Not surprising.

Romans weren’t known for leading ascetic lives or depriving themselves much of anything.

In the 4th Century, Roman emperor Nero ordered ice to be brought down from the mountains so he could eat it with fresh fruit.

A few hundred years later (A.D. 618-97), King Tang of Shang, China made up concoctions by mixing ice with milk for a refreshing treat.

From there the delectable went far and wide, evolving through the centuries into sherbets and ices for the fashionable courts of France and Italy.

But leave it to us Americans.

American colonists were the first to use the phrase "iced cream."

Similar to their phrase "iced tea."

Both being simplified over time to ice cream and ice tea.

George Washington served ice cream to his guests as did Thomas Jefferson.

And it’s delighted the American palate ever since.

So when it’s really hot, cool down.

Drive through the DQ for a Blizzard.

Or various other ice cream delights.

Or best of all, make your own.

Seems like it takes forever.

Crank, crank, crank.

Everybody takes a turn turning.

Until your arm falls off.

But it’s well worth it.

Or use an electric one and get the job done real quick.

Either way, it’s time for ice cream

Summer is officially here.


That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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