Hirsh Kagan's ice cream, circa 1936. Courtesy of Mažeikiai Museum.
Imagine ice creams with fruits, berries, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, or honey – the delicious treats our ancestors loved. In interwar Lithuania, especially in Kaunas, many small and big factories made ice cream.
When it got hot, not just folks in the cities but also people in places like Mažeikiai enjoyed ice cream. A man named Hirsh Kagan made and sold ice creams there from small carts with a white bear drawing.
He served the ice cream in waffle cups, and its delightful smell was unforgettable. 'The whole street where they sold them smelled so nice. And they were really cold! When you ate one, your teeth felt super cold,' said a person who lived in Mažeikiai for a long time.
People in Mažeikiai enjoyed Hirsh Kagan's ice cream until 1941. He had a small team of four to six helpers who made and sold them.