January 24 is Eskimo Pie Patent Day. Christian Kent Nelson, a high school teacher, invented the Eskimo Pie
in Onawa, Iowa in 1919 or 1920. He originally called it the I-Scream-Bar
. Supposedly inspired by a boy having to make a difficult decision; the choice between ice cream and candy, and only having the price for one. This inspired Mr. Nelson to combine the two, and create the Eskimo Pie
. It was an immediate success locally, and in July 1921 he partnered with Russell C. Stover the candy maker to market and produce the then renamed Eskimo Pie
. They sold manufacturing rights to various other companies in exchange for royalty payments. By early 1922, they were selling at the rate of a million bars a day, and supposedly caused the price of cocoa beans to rise by 50%!
Due to trademark lawsuits and high manufacturing and sales costs, the company was sold in 1924 to the company that made the foil wrappers for the Eskimo Pie
, United States Foil Company, headed by R.S. Reynolds. (U.S. Foil later changed its name to Reynolds Metals Company). Nelson stayed with the company, which was now a subsidiary of U.S. Foil, until his retirement in 1961.
I borrowed these images from the internet somewhere.