We'll admit off the bat that the official birthday of the ice cream cone is a hotly contested debate.
More than a half dozen people claim to have invented the cone, but for our intents and purposes, we'll give the honor to Charles E. Menches, who - on this day in 1904 - created the idea of serving ice cream in its now most iconic vessel.
To celebrate the 110th anniversary of the cone, here are five of the best ice cream cone-related records. If you need us, we'll be at the nearest corner grabbing two scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough. Waffle cone, of course.
Can't get enough ice cream? Check out the story of the largest ice cream scoop, clocking in at more than 1,360 kg (3,000+ lb) and more than 1.5 m (5 ft) tall!
MOST ICE CREAM SCOOPS BALANCED ON A CONE
Way back in 2009, James Abram fit 11 scoops of ice cream on a single cone as the first-ever person to attempt this record. Impressive, right? Crossing the Atlantic by ship used to be impressive too. This record has been broken seven times since then, the latest coming from Mr. Records himself, Ashrita Furman (above). Last October, Ashrita crammed 100 (!) scoops of chocolate ice cream onto a single cone, his third time holding this mark.
TALLEST ICE CREAM CONE
Have you ever dreamed of taking a literal bath in Rocky Road? This would be your chance to jump in. The tallest ice cream cone ever built measured 2.81 m (9 ft 2.63 in) tall by Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti (both Italy) in Rimini, Italy, three years ago. The internal cone was made of wafer and covered with a 700 kg (1,543 lb) white chocolate cone. It took 30 hours alone to prepare all the gelato to go into the cone.
MOST ICE CREAM SCOOPS THROWN AND CAUGHT BY A PAIR IN ONE MINUTE
The record for most ice cream scoops thrown and caught in one minute by a team of two is 25, achieved by German duo Gabriele Soravia (thrower) and Lorenzo Soravia (catcher, with cone) on the set of Guinness World Records - Die größten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany, on Sept. 1, 2007. The boys of YouTube series GWR: OMG! gave the 30-second version of this record a chance last year...and failed pretty epically.
MOST ICE CREAM CONES PREPARED IN ONE MINUTE
The most ice cream cones prepared in one minute is 19 by Mitch Cohen (USA) of Baskin-Robbins, who broke the record on the Food Network TV show Paula's Party on June 28, 2007. It wasn't Mitch's first go-round, as he actually broke his own record of 16, set three years earlier (above) on Good Morning America.
LONGEST CHAIN OF PEOPLE LICKING ICE CREAM
This record - where every person needs to be close enough to the people next to them to be able to lick their neighbor's cone - proved quite popular, with seven broken attempts between 2006-11. The group pictured above is from a 2,500-person chain in Valladolid, Spain, in 2009. But the current record spanned 2,728 participants at an event organised by Morelli's of Portstewart Ltd. (UK) in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, UK, on July 23, 2011.
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