History of Ice Cream

This tasty dessert that many people know of called ice cream has a long history that goes way back to the 4th century BCE. An early reference of ice cream includes the Roman emperor Nero, Who ordered ice to be brought to him from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings. Many famous people throughout the different timelines were also served and ate ice cream.  There are many other times where ice cream is introduced, and it evolves with each different era.


The emperors of the Tang dynasty(618 – 907AD) are believed to have been the first to eat/create a frozen milk-like mixture. This mixture was made with goat, cow, or buffalo milk, which was then heated with flour. The mixture was then placed into a metal tube and then lowered into an ice pool until frozen. This process is also similar to the way Indians made kulfi before refrigeration.


During Medieval times Arabs drank an icy refreshment called sherbert; these cold drinks were most often flavored with cherry, pomegranate, or quince. Over time the drink became associated with the European aristocracy. Italians are said to have this drink-making technique, with the French following soon after.


In 1686, a Sicilian named Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli opened Paris’s first-ever cafe called Le Procope. The establishment became a meeting place for many famous people, including Benjamin Franklin, Victor Hugo, and Napoleon. The cafe also introduced gelato; gelato is the Italian version of sorbet.


It is impossible to say how exactly ice cream reached America, but it most likely arrived with European settlers in the early 1700s. In 1790, the first ice cream parlor was opened in New York. During the summer of the same year, our first president, George Washington, is said to have spent around $200 to be satisfied with his craving for the ice cream. Inventory records of his Mt Vernon home also indicate that he owned several ice cream pots made from tin and pewter.


 The history of ice cream has changed during different periods. Starting from a dessert, the Shang dynasty made a yummy and frozen dessert billions of people enjoy eating today, including other famous people.