Who invented ice cream?

ice creamIt was around 4000 years back that royal people maintained their ice houses to keep the food fresh. The accounts do talk about King Nero who sent his servants to the mountains to get snow and enjoyed it with honey, nectar and fruit juices. King Tang of China had ninety four icemen who made ice cream with buffalo milk, sugar and camphor. In the 10th century the Arabs started the use of sugar and syrups instead of honey, they added fruits and nuts to ice cream and also milk to make it a dairy product. In 1600s it is believed that dairy ice cream was served at the royal table by the chef of Charles I of England and a handsome amount was promised to him to keep the recipe a secret.

But by 1649 the cuisine was known to the people. It however continued to be a dish for the rich. Ice cream became popular in 18th century and people cited the first ad for the ice cream in the 1770s. The first shop in the New York city came up in 1777. Thomas Jefferson served his recipe of vanilla ice cream in the White House in 1802. In 1842 Nancy Johnson designed the first hand-crank ice cream maker and got it patented. Mass production of ice cream started in 1851 by Jacob Fussell, the milk dealer. Alfred Cralle introduced mold and ice cream scoop in 1897. Clarence Vogt. invented the first commercial continuous process freezer for ice cream in 1926.

Passing through many phases ice cream has come into the form in which we relish it today.

By admin On Nov 4 2010


3 Responses to “Who invented ice cream?”

  1. how do we know this is true?

    euan connell
    At 2:05 pm, March 22, 2011
  2. is this true?

    euan connell
    At 2:07 pm, March 22, 2011
  3. [...] An ice cream shop in Columbia, Missouri decided to take lemons and make lemonade. Or rather, take cicadas and make ice cream. Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream shop in Columbia tried a new take on seasonal flavors: brown sugar, chocolate cicadas. The shop’s employees gathered the cicadas from their back yard, removed the wings, boiled the bugs and then covered them in brown sugar and chocolate before adding them to brown sugar and butter flavored ice cream. The ice cream sold out immediately. But the party-pooper local health officials stepped in and advised Sparky’s to stop using the insects in food. Boooooo! Image source [...]

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