I promised you guys something good this week (other than my usual post), so here it is...
For those of you who enjoyed the infamous Rutherford Chili Cone, you'll be happy to know that the most ludicrous idea for a concession stand product ever didn't end there!
No sir, not only did the idea of a salty cracker ice-cream-shaped cone stuffed with chili appeal to one Rutherford Food Company, but to three Chicago-based companies.
As seen at the left, the announcement for the Hot Chili Cone was made in the March 6, 1954 issue of BoxOffice (for those keeping track, a month after the premier of Rutherford's ChiliCone), the three components, Chili, cone and server equipment, all being supplied by different companies.
Also available were free backboard and window posters. If anyone has one of these or knows the whereabouts of one, by all means, let me know!
As I somewhat imagined, this product was geared more towards the drive-in circuits, but I was not surpirsed to see the company pushing the chili cones at indoor theaters, too. I still can't imagine getting past the smell of chili both in the lobby and in the theater.
...and the messes! The messes....
As if that little blurb wasn't enough, I've saved the best for last... a full page ad for the product!