Google's Ice Cream Sundae Doodle

Apr 3, 2011 - 10:00 am 3 by
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Google's Ice Cream Sundae Doodle

Today is the 119th anniversary of the Ice Cream Sundae.

For that special day, Google has a special logo that really reminds people of the classic ice cream sundae. Just take a look at the logo and you will agree.

The ice cream dessert is made of scoop of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup and often some other toppings.

On Sunday, April 3, 1892 John M. Scott and Chester Platt in Ithaca created the first historically documented sundae. They named it the "Cherry Sunday" because it was ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries on a whim.

So how did it become known as a Sundae? According to Wikipedia:

Two Rivers' claim is based on the story of George Hallauer asking Edward C. Berners, the owner of Berners' Soda Fountain, to drizzle chocolate syrup over ice cream in 1881. Berners eventually did and wound up selling the treat for a nickel, originally only on Sundays, but later every day. According to this story, the spelling changed when a glass salesman ordered canoe-shaped dishes. When Berners died in 1939, the Chicago Tribune headlined his obituary "Man Who Made First Ice Cream Sundae Is Dead." Two Ithaca High School students, however, claim that Berners would have only been 16 or 17 in 1881 and it is therefore "improbable" that he would have owned an ice cream shop in that year. They also state that the obituary dates Berners' first sundae to 1899 rather than 1881.

Anyway, I hope many of you go out and get an ice cream sundae today!

The only issue with the logo is that it is also on Google UK instead of showing a Mother's Day logo. Yes, today is Mother's Day in the UK.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.

Update: I have an update to this post over here.


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