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Retrospect

July 23, 1904: Invention of the Ice Cream Cone

I remember years ago when my siblings and I climbed into an uncle's car for a ride to Price's for ice cream cones on hot summer evenings. The ice cream parlor was crowded as we watched the clerk scoop out the flavored cream into double cones. My favorite was vanilla and I savored it down to the very last lick. Sometimes we sat outside and licked the ice cream as it melted in the summer heat.

—Margarita Velez, Stories from the Barrio and Other 'Hoods

Perhaps no treat is enjoyed as much during summer in America as ice cream, whether eaten in cone, sundae, sandwich, or other form. According to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service, ice cream production in the United States exceeded 900 million gallons in 2011, and the International Dairy Foods Association says that ice cream is enjoyed by 90 percent of the nation's population. Ice cream is big business, especially on hot summer days. According to Time, it's also recession-proof. The magazine reported in July 2010 that while “continued high unemployment is making economists nervous about the possibility of a double-dip recession, there appears to be no recession in the business of double dips.”

Contributing Editor Sean Potter is a New York-based Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.

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