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History of Snow Cones
During the Roman Empire (27 B.C. to A.D. 395), the Romans hauled snow from the tops of mountains into the city. They would add different syrups to make the world’s first frozen dessert. Samuel Bert of Dallas, Texas, invented a snow cone machine in 1920. He was a permanent fixture at the State Fair of Texas, selling snow cones until his death in 1984. In 1934, Ernest Henson of New Orleans invented the first ice shaver. His wife created several flavors of fresh syrup to accompany his fine shaved snow. Sno-cones have been popular throughout the country ever since.