What’s my recipe for summer fun? Gotta’ eat ice cream! Gotta’ eat lots of ice cream. NOW! Before we crave hot soup. (Shudder).
It shouldn’t surprise you that Wisconsin is home of the original ice cream sundae. It’s true. Back in 1881, Wisconsin ex-pat George Hallauer sat in Ed Berners’ ice cream parlor in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. As Ed worked behind the soda fountain preparing George’s dish of ice cream, George asked Ed to top that ice cream with a bit of chocolate syrup. Ed said, “Why do you want to do that? You’ll ruin the ice cream.” But George insisted. And they saw that it was good.
Ed began serving this ice cream concoction at his ice cream parlor, but only on Sundays. That is until a little girl asked mid-week for one. When Ed told her it wasn’t Sunday, she grinned and said, “Let’s pretend”. And pretending is what we Wisconsinites, – and the rest of the world – have been doing with ice cream ever since.