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All you need to know about the History of Ice Cream?

When was ice cream first made? Where was ice cream first made? Who was it made by? Interested……Read on and you will find out about the History of Ice Cream…..

  1. The History of Ice Cream tells us that it first began with flavoured ice
  2. The Chinese are generally talked about for creating the first ice creams, possibly as early as 3000 BC
  3. Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been indisputably credited with its discovery in the 4th century B.C., the Roman emperor Nero had servants go into the mountains to collect snow that was then used to make a dessert flavoured with honey, nuts, and fruit toppings
  4. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting
  5. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavoured with fruits and juices
  6. Over a thousand years later, Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet and he is often cited for introducing these tasty flavours to Italy. Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century
  7. England seems to have discovered ice cream at the same time, or perhaps even earlier than the Italians. “Cream Ice,” as it was called, appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century
  8. France was introduced to similar frozen desserts in 1553 by the Italian Catherine de Medici when she became the wife of Henry II of France
  9. It wasn’t until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public
  10. The Sicilian Procopio introduced a recipe blending milk, cream, butter and eggs at Café Procope, the first café in Paris
  11. Ice cream became a moral symbol during World War II. Every branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlour” was built for sailors in the western Pacific.
  12. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946
  13. In the 1940s through to the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold in supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlours and soda fountains started to disappear. Currently, speciality ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have had a surge in popularity

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History of Ice Cream

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