Monday, January 24, 2011
YOU SCREAM, I SCREAM
Or at least we should be doing so today.
For today, in case you haven't marked it on your calendar, is Eskimo Pie Patent Day.
Yes, on this very day in 1922, one Christian Kent Nelson of Onawa, IA, obtained the patent for the Eskimo Pie ice cream bar.
Another brilliant Iowan, I might note.
According to Eskimo Pie Corporation history, Nelson was just a teenager when he convinced his father, a dairyman, into diversifying into ice cream. Long story short, Nelson -- who became a teacher -- later operated an ice cream shop during the summers after he served in the Army. Per company legend, the Eskimo Pie was born all because of a young customer's inability to choose between purchasing an ice cream sandwich or a candy bar. Apparently the kid only had enough moola for one or the other, but not both.
(What woman in mental pause can't relate to THAT dilemma?)
Anyway, apparently Nelson found himself pondering the lad's predicament and came up with the idea of combining the two treats. He developed a concoction of cocoa butter and chocolate that clung to a chunk of vanilla ice cream and the rest, as they say, is delicious frozen treat history.
A tip of the ice cream scoop and a wave of a candy bar wrapper to you, Mr. Nelson.
In your honor, I shall march over to the local SuperValu on break and purchase a chocolate coated ice cream bar. Or better yet, maybe I will observe this special day by treating myself to an ice cream bar and a candy bar.
After all, it is Monday.