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February 2: Ice cream scoop was invented

Ever tried using a spoon to scrape out your favorite ice cream? The tortuous task can really be straining to your wrist. Not to mention the small amounts you actually are able to lift out of that frozen container leaving you with less than picture perfect mounts of chocolate and vanilla. Put the spoon down and pick up an ice cream scooper thanks to an African American inventor. This handy little oversized spoon was created and patented by a man named Alfred L. Cralle on February 2, 1897. Alfred Cralle was born on September 4, 1866 in Kenbridge, Virginia. He came across the idea of this popular gadget when he worked as a hotel porter in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and would notice customers having difficulties scooping ice cream with normal eating utensils. His design was slightly different than the ones you see in Wal-Mart today because it had a large cone shaped spoon with handles that squeezed together and would remove the ice cream from the container. His simple yet effective design is still used worldwide today. So celebrate today with some easy healthy ice cream recipes and kick off Black History Month deliciously!

Alfred L. Cralle, African American inventor of the ice cream scooper. The top left is the original design.
Alfred L. Cralle, African American inventor of the ice cream scooper. The top left is the original design.
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modern ice cream scooper
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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Strawberry Sherbet

Mint Chocolate Chip

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