Rewind: Here’s The Scoop

Unless you’re lactose intolerant, I bet a scoop of ice cream would be really tasty right now.  In order to get a round mound of the frozen treat an ice cream scooper is needed.  Thanks to Alfred L. Cralle we all have one.  While serving as a porter in a Pittsburgh drug store, Cralle noticed that ice cream was hard to dispense with the ease of one hand.  It would stick to spoons and ladles, and become a tedious process to place in bowls.  He set out to change this and invented a mechanical device originally called an “Ice Cream Mold and Disher,” which we all now know as the ice cream scoop.  On February 2, 1897, 30-year old Alfred L. Cralle was granted U.S. Patent #576395.  Instead of giving him a shout out for today’s Black History Month fact, I will offer up a scream.


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