In 1851, Jacob Fussell in Baltimore established the first large-scale commercial ice cream plant. 

The First Ice Cream Scoop with Mechanical Lever Action

Alfred L. Cralle, a young inventor living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, realized the need for an easy way to dispense ice cream. He applied for a patent for his invention called an Ice Cream Mold and Disher on February 2, 1897. Eventually, his invention would be known as the ice cream scoop.

 Simply designed to stop ice cream from sticking when dispensed, Cralle’s invention was durable, inexpensive and very successful. It was easy to use with one hand, and eliminated the need for two utensils when serving ice cream. His basic design could be manufactured in various sizes and shapes such as mounds, cones and cylinders. 

This design is still used in the manufacture of ice cream scoops today.

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