June 29, 2013

Did You Know. . .

that Dairy Queen started with the sale of a 10 cent item that didn't even have a name yet? The day was August 4, 1938.  A father and son in Illinois had been experimenting with a soft frozen dairy treat when they approached a good friend and asked if they could have an "all you can eat" trial sale at his ice cream store. Sixteen hundred servings of this sweet concoction sold within two hours.  More info can be found here.

that Haagen Dazs is a made up name?  It was actually created by Reuben Mattus who was born in Poland in 1959 but subsequently moved to New York.  

that Athanassios Karvelas is the founder of Carvel Ice Cream?  He was born in Greece but moved to the United States in 1910.  He actually borrowed $15 from his soon-to-be bride to start selling ice cream from his truck.  His better known name is Tom Carvel.  He was a man of many "firsts".  Read all about it here.

that Dippin' Dots are actually tiny bits of ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt and flavored ice that are flash frozen in liquid nitrogen?   Curt Jones who created Dippin' Dots is a microbiologist who pioneered the process of cryogenic encapsulation. . . in other words using very, very cold freezing methods to make the "dots".

that Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream all began with a five dollar correspondence course on how to make ice cream from Penn State University?  Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield actually split the cost!

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