jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 29th April 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
You often wonder how everyday things were given the name they were given.
The ‘99’ ice cream is one of them.
Ok, I know the it’s not ice cream weather, too cold. But we can dream and the children always find ice cream cool no matter what the weather.
After research I feel Wikipedia came up with the best answers:
The early “99” was a wafer and not a cone of ice cream. The small flake was placed between two servings of ice cream and then wafer biscuits placed on the top and bottom.
The origins of the name are uncertain. One claim is that it was coined in Portobello, Scotland when Stefano Arcari, who opened a shop in 1922 at 99 Portobello High Street, would break a large ‘Flake” in half and stick it in an ice cream. The name came from the shop’s address. A Cadbury representative took the idea to his company.
Another possibility is that it was named by Italian ice-cream sellers (many from mountainous areas in the Veneto, Trentino, Bellunes Alps and Friuli) in honour of the final wave of conscripts from the First World War, born in 1899 and referred to as “i Ragazzi del 99” – the Boys of ’99. They were held in such high esteem that some streets in Italy were named in honour of them. The chocolate flake may have reminded them of the Alpini Regiments’ hat, with a long dark feather cocked at an angle.
Another claim to have invented the 99 is made by the Dunkerleys in Gorton, Manchester, with a sweet shop at 99 Wellington Street.
The Cadbury website says that the reason behind the Flake being called a 99 has been “lost in the mists of time” although it also repeats an article from an old Cadbury works paper, which states the name came from the guard of the Italian king which consisted of 99 men and “subsequently anything really special or first class was known as 99.”
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”- Albert Einstein
Happiness is…a 99 ice cream outdoors by the sea on a hot day
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Why is it impossible to trust atoms? Because they make up everything!
Love is…sharing a 99 ice cream together
TRACK OF THE DAY
99 Red Balloons -Nena
Highest Chart Position: No.1 3rd March 1983 for 3 weeks