The history of ice cream isn’t quite clear. Many claim to have been the inventor of the delicious iced dessert. It is said that the Roman Emperor Nero(A.D 54-68), used to send his slaves into the mountains to bring him back snow, and he would mix it with nectar and fruits. Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) of ancient Greece, liked ice flavored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon loved ice drinks during harvesting. However, the origins of ice cream date back to China’s Tang period (A.D 618-907). It is believe that they were the first to try “a frozen milk-like confection,” which was made with milk and flour.This confection was also mixed with Camphor, an aromatic crystalline compound, to enhance the texture and flavor.
The history of ice cream stretches all around the globe. In Italy it is gelato, in India there’s kulfi, and in Japan, moshi. Every country has created their own spin on the delicious iced dessert.
Fun Facts (from www.icecream.com)
- It takes 12 lbs. Of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream
- The biggest ice cream sundae ever made, weighed in at over 24 tons, it was made in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, in 1988
- It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone
My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate. What’s yours?