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DAYTON: Happy Fall (& National Ice Cream Cone Day!)

Ah, Fall.

The time for leaves, apples, pumpkins, corn mazes, hay rides, Halloween (!), and so much more.

Happy Fall, friends.

And today is also a very important day in the foodie world: it’s National Ice Cream Cone Day!

So who invented the all-mighty cone that holds our delicious ice cream scoops?

The International Dairy Foods Association names a few different people, here’s what they say on their website:

“The first ice cream cone was produced in 1896 by Italo Marchiony. Marchiony, who emigrated from Italy in the late 1800s, invented his ice cream cone in New York City. He was granted a patent in December 1903.

Although Marchiony is credited with the invention of the cone, a similar creation was independently introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian concessionaire. Hamwi was selling a crisp, waffle-like pastry — zalabis — in a booth right next to an ice cream vendor. Because of ice cream’s popularity, the vendor ran out of dishes. Hamwi saw an easy solution to the ice cream vendor’s problem: he quickly rolled one of his wafer-like waffles in the shape of a cone, or cornucopia, and gave it to the ice cream vendor. The cone cooled in a few seconds, the vendor put some ice cream in it, the customers were happy and the cone was on its way to becoming the great American institution that it is today.”

Marchiony’s the main person who was granted a patent in December 1903, but at a World’s Fair a year later, Hamwi made his wafer-waffles, hence, the waffle cone’s birth.

So I thought today, here’s a list of ice cream places with Fall flavors, so you can combine the best of both fantastic worlds:

1) Graeters (multiple locations): Pumpkin Pie (limited edition)

2) Ritter’s Frozen Custard (multiple locations): Ritter’s has a few different Fall flavors, including pumpkin, to check out.

3) Dairy Queen (multiple locations): I definitely saw on one of its signs recently something about a Pumpkin Pie something or another (perhaps a Blizzard?)

4) Cold Stone Creamery (multiple locations): One of its seasonal flavors is Pumpkin, so it should be there by now…And you could always get the “Apple Pie A La Cold Stone” creation too! 🙂

5) MaggieMoo’s (Centerville): On its flavors list are Pumpkin and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

6) Young’s Jersey Dairy (Yellow Springs): The week of Sept. 30 they’ll have pumpkin as its “Flavor of the Week.” Check its website too for when it’ll come back!

7) JD’s Frozen Custard (Englewood): JD’s has a slew of holiday flavors to check out…You can even start ordering holiday flavors to take home (which includes Pumpkin!)

Any other ones you spot with Fall flavors? Please let me know, to add to this list 🙂

Enjoy, and happy Ice Cream!

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin.

When you hear that word, what first comes to mind?

Jack-o-Lanterns, pumpkin pie, Halloween?

Or how about chocolate chip cookies?!

Today I felt like baking, and I came across the following recipe (click here!).

It was for a dark chocolate chip pumpkin cookie.

Now you may be thinking, “Pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies? Really? How does this work?!”

Well, I will tell you. Last year around this time I went to a Halloween party with my friends from my Arts Journalism program. One of my friends, Diep (hi Diep!), made these AMAZING chocolate chip cookies and my friend Samantha and I spoke about how amazing these were.

I asked Diep how she made these and she told me how the “secret ingredient” was pumpkin. There was actually no pumpkin taste to these, however, the cookie itself was more of a cake-like texture and very soft.

So I found this recipe today and baked this evening. Here are the results!


Me with the cookies!

These cookies are chocolatey, soft textured, and while there is a light taste of pumpkin, you can still taste that hint of cinnamon spice! I loved making these. The cookies were very easy to make. Here’s the recipe, a huge thanks to GoodLifeEats.com! A great fall-centric cookie.

http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2011/10/dark-chocolate-chip-pumpkin-cookies.html

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Yield: approximately 2 dozen

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 10-15

Total Time: 20-25

Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Dry Ingredients
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups dark chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Chips)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet and set aside.

Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and mix. Sift in dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate.

Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 10-13 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned.

Guest post and recipe by Allison of Some the Wiser.

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