Sunday, July 8, 2007

An Old World Ice Cream Cone Maker

Believe It or Not: The ice cream cone makers you see today in your neighborhood ice cream parlor are not the original ice cream cone makers that began the waffle cone craze of the 1980s.

The cone makers of today were the product idea of smart appliance manufacturers who quickly wanted to bring to market an affordable cone maker that could be used for the high volume of customers visiting ice cream parlors around the country.

Their ice cream cone makers needed to bake cones fast, so they were electric and able to bake the cones on both sides at once. They also needed to be as simple as the appliances you place in your home, because ice cream parlors weren't going to invest lots of money on a new idea. And finally they needed to be as inexpensive as possible for this new handmade cone idea to spread across America by way of the ice cream parlor.

Appliance manufacturers came up with ice cream cone makers costing approximately $400 for a single cone maker and $800 for a double cone maker. That's nearly 9 times less expensive than the original cone maker Jorn brought over from Demark.

Distributors loved the idea as well because they too would make money from selling waffle cone mix to shop owners who bought cone makers.

But as luck would have it. The person with the original idea, too often becomes forgotten as progress moves ahead when bringing America, in this case, the next best thing to hit the commercial market since sliced bread.

The goal of The ConeKing and IceCreamJunkies.Com is to make the public aware of the gentleman who brought back to ice cream lovers around the world, the freshly made ice cream cone we all enjoy today.

He deserves not to be forgotten and given the credit as the entrepreneur with a love for ice cream, that brought back the hand made ice cream cone to neighborhoods across America. He invested his hard earned cash to try and make a dream come true for himself. But unlike the public, who in the end reaps the benefits of great ideas. The idea's originator most often finds himself being passed by as big corporations slide into their place to bring the idea to market and get all the money.

Jorn's Big Daddy of a Cone Machine brought to America by the Jorn Caroe Trading Company of Demark cost approximately $3500 dollars in the 1980s and could be used with a tank of propane, making it portable or natural gas when being used in the store.

Baking cones with Jorn's machine was a little bit slower than the electric models because the waffle irons needed to be rotated and flipped on the wheel as they passed over 5 gas burners while baking. Six cones could be made at one time. And placing one of these cone makers in your store's window was a show that had customers, young and old, pressing their faces up against the glass. Add to that the wonderful smell of the cone baking as it filled the air outside and people couldn't resist moseying in for a cone.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ice Cream Cone Expert, Author of "The Great American Ice Cream Cone" and Inventor of the Original Gourmet Flavored Cookie Cone, Eric R. Nielsen would like everyone to enjoy making handmade ice cream cones at home. Learn how to bake cones at home like a pro and wow your friends and family.Visit: