Among Other Great Things From St. Louis…

On this day in 1904, Charles E. Minches of St. Louis, Missouri filled a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream, thereby inventing the ice cream cone.

This brilliant act changed ice cream eating forever.  It paved the way for the sugar cone, the chocolate dipped sugar cone, the chocolate dipped sugar cone with nuts… where would we be without chocolate dipped sugar cones with nuts??

Today we will take a break from crafting and instead celebrate this great day in history by making ice cream.  This recipe comes from Kaboose. It is really easy, and it goes quickly enough for kids to stay engaged in.

Ice Cream In a Bag:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • Ice cubes

How to make it:

  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.
  4. Shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.
  5. Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!


To make a larger amount, try doubling the recipe. Anything larger might be too big for kids to pick-up, because the ice itself is quite heavy.

The title of my post was not meant to pay tribute to the Arch, or even the Cardinals.  In April of this year our good friends moved back to their hometown of St. Louis, tearing our hearts out and leaving our entire family a sobbing mess. The only way we could find to console ourselves was with lots and lots of ice cream…



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2 responses to “Among Other Great Things From St. Louis…

  1. So why did they have to move anyways? I miss them too. 😦

  2. Olivia

    I miss you guys too!
    The ice cream cone was from the 1904 world’s fair. The hotdog was invented then too.
    People got stuck in the arch on Saturday night for 3 hours in the pitch black. There are little capsules that take you to the top. Can you imagine? No thank you.
    I hope you all come visit me soon, and I’ll wait for you at the bottom!

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