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India win sweeter with Google's ice cream doodle

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Updated: April 3, 2011, 12:02 PM IST
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India win sweeter with Google's ice cream doodle
The doodle marks the 119th anniversary of the first documented Ice Cream Sundae.

New Delhi: As India woke up to pure euphoria, Google made the lifting of the World Cup trophy even sweeter with a doodle to mark the 119th anniversary of the first officially documented Ice Cream Sundae.

The doodle takes readers to a reference pages on the dessert that trace its origin. The origin of sundae is disputed with many believing that it was made in Ithaca, New York.

Ithaca mayor Carolyn K Peterson proclaimed a day to celebrate her city as the birthplace of the sundae, but citizens of Two Rivers reportedly rubbished her claim.

According to popular theory, the name 'sundae' was adopted from Illinois state's early prohibition of ice cream consumption on Sundays, because ice cream with a topping that obscured the main product was not deemed to be ice cream.

Researchers at The History Center in Tompkins County, New York, provide an account of how the sundae came to be. On Sunday, April 3, 1892 in Ithaca, John M. Scott, a Unitarian Church minister, and Chester Platt, co-owner of Platt & Colt Pharmacy, created the first historically documented sundae.

Platt covered dishes of ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries on a whim. The men named the dish "Cherry Sunday" in honor of the day it was created. The oldest-known written evidence of a sundae is Platt & Colt's newspaper ad for a "Cherry Sunday" placed in the Ithaca Daily Journal on April 5, 1892.

By May, 1892, the Platt & Colt soda fountain also served "Strawberry Sundays," and later, "Chocolate Sundays." Platt & Colt's "Sundays" grew so popular that by 1894, Chester Platt attempted to trademark the term ice cream "Sunday."

First Published: April 3, 2011, 12:02 PM IST
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