Drumstick (ice cream)
Drumstick is the brand name, owned by Nestlé since 1991, for a variety of ice cream-filled ice cream cones sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, and other countries across the world. The original product was invented by I.C. Parker of The Drumstick Company of Fort Worth, Texas in 1928.
A typical drumstick consists of a waffle cone filled with ice cream topped with a hardened chocolate shell and nuts, and much later, with a chocolate lined cone and a chunk of chocolate at the bottom. Drumsticks are available from a variety of supermarkets, ice cream trucks and convenience stores.
Due to the historic popularity of this dessert, it is commonly called a drumstick even if it is manufactured by some other company and branded otherwise. "Forever Summer" has been a tagline for this brand.
The ice cream cone concept originated at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. An ice cream maker at the fair discovered that he ran out of bowls to serve ice cream. He still had ice cream to sell, so he asked a waffle vendor to roll some waffles into cones for his ice cream. His ice cream sold and it became a finger food. In 1928, the Parker Brothers, Bruce, I.C. and J.T., added to the invention by adding a chocolate coating with nuts to it. One of the brothers’ wives said that this invention looked like a chicken leg, commonly nicknamed a drumstick in the US.
Nestlé purchased The Drumstick Company in 1991.
In October 2012, Nestlé Drumstick hit the 1 million mark on their Facebook page. They celebrated the social achievement with "The Drumstick Ode to One Million Fans," a musical ode to their fans in a music video, thanking fans from specific cities and states and “raising a cone” to them. In the video, actor Nick Marzock plays a ukulele while calling out names of real users who’ve liked Drumsticks on Facebook.
Additional varieties of Drumstick include caramel and fudge-filled cones, Mint Chocolate Crunch, Cookies and Cream Crunch, and simply dipped, cones filled with caramel, chocolate and plain vanilla are also found.
According to the official website, the following Drumstick flavors are produced:
- Simple Dipped
- Pretzel Dipped
- Crunch Dipped
- Cookie Dipped
- Lil’ Drums
- Super Nugget
- King Size
- Cornetto (ice cream), competitor from Unilever
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- Official website
- Parker Gift Supports New Food Science and Technology Facility, Ohio State University
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