Posted by: hearttohearthcookery | July 9, 2009

A Penny Lick

The Penny Lick was used for the street sale of ice cream.
The Penny Lick was used for the street sale of ice cream.

As I was eating an ice cream cone today (my favorite way of enjoying ice cream), I found myself thinking about the ice cream street vendor and penny licks.  The penny lick was the 19th century street vendors way of serving ice cream.  The small-stemmed, low quality glass was used to dispense ice cream.  There were three standard sizes:  the halfpenny lick, the penny lick, and the two penny lick. 

One would lick the penny lick clean while standing with the vendor and then the vendor would rinse the glass in water prior to serving the next customer!  The dietitian in me cringes at the thought!
I am currently working on a new ice cream lecture/presentation.  (www.hearttohearthcookery.com)
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