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Ice Cream's Cool History

  • Rock Hall Museum 199 Broadway Lawrence, NY, 11559 (map)
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Join television personality, award-winning cookbook author and noted food historian Francine Segan as she shares the fascinating stories behind our favorite frozen treats: banana splits, root beer floats, pie à la mode, Eskimo Pies, Bananas Foster, baked Alaska, and more.

We’ll trace these sweets back centuries to the cool treats enjoyed by Alexander the Great and Emperor Nero, who surely invented the first slushy when he sent runners to mountaintops to harvest glistening snow he ate flavored with fruit. Did you know that vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in the USA, accounting for over 25% of sales, with chocolate a distant second, or Hawaii has an “ice cream bean” that tastes just like vanilla ice cream? Discover who invented the ice cream cone and why, and the fascinating roles Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan played in ice cream history.

Space is limited. Reservations requested. Fee: $10; $8 seniors. Members free. Sponsored by the Friends of Rock Hall. Check is to be payable to the Friends of Rock Hall.

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