Some of life’s greatest pleasures are the simple ones and the majority of those are desserts. Peanut butter was invented by George Washington Carver and it was a great gift to humanity. I have no idea who first blended cocoa with sugar to produce chocolate; surely he or she was also a great humanitarian. But whoever first dipped chocolate in peanut butter was either a culinary genius or an angel sent from God.
Let the same be said about ice cream and Coca-cola. Was it necessity, or an accident, or brilliance that combined milk, cream and sugar, stirred them vigorously in a canister surrounded by ice? Coke, that best of medicinal drinks, is the taste that refreshes. The soda jerk that first poured the caramel colored, carbonated syrup over a scoop of vanilla ice cream deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor and a statue in the Smithsonian.
August 22, 2010