The Google Ice Cream Doodle

Google's doodle celebrating the 119th anniversary of the ice cream sundae.

The world’s largest search engine, Google, is responsible for countless internet innovations, yet it is their doodle that seems to get the most interest. For those three people who have no idea what I’m talking about, the Google doodle is a fun recreation of the Google logo commemorating events, holidays, achievements, and, well, just about anything Google chooses to doodle about.

The April 3 Google Doodle celebrates none other than the 119th Anniversary of the first ice cream sundae. This is a great honor for the ice cream sundae, and all ice cream for that matter. However, it seems Google has unwittingly waded into an ice cream squabble.

Platt & Colt Pharmacy. Home to Ithaca's first ice cream sundae.

Last summer I blogged about the great ice cream sundae controversy. In truth, there are actually three towns claiming to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. Google’s doodle celebrates Ithaca, New York’s claim. I’m sure this doodle will not be viewed kindly by Two Rivers, Wisconsin and Evanston, Illinois, the other two ice cream sundae contenders. To be fair, most recognize Ithaca’s claim to this coveted title, but Two Rivers and Evanston do have evidence that cast doubt on honoring Ithaca alone.

While the true birthplace of the ice cream sundae may remain one of the world’s great mysteries (like Atlantis and who built those Easter Island statues), we can all celebrate that Google has awarded this much coveted tribute to ice cream. I can only hope that they honor the ice cream cake one day with its very own doodle; a “G” followed by two ice cream cakes and “g, l, e.” Just a suggestion.

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