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Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in TellMeWhy |

When Was Ice Cream Invented?

When Was Ice Cream Invented?

The origins of frozen desserts or when was ice cream invented are unknown. Ice cream isn’t a new treat. We know that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting.

In ancient Rome, the Emperor Nero sent runners into the mountains for snow, which his chefs mixed with honey, fruit and juices for his frozen desserts.

But when was ice cream invented? When Marco Polo returned from his famous journey to the Orient at the end of the thirteenth century, he brought with him a recipe for a kind of sherbet made from fruit juices and milk.

It’s said that people there had eaten it for thousands of years. Centuries later, European chefs experimented with ice-cream recipes to invent the dairy Ice Cream we eat and enjoy today.

Why is ice cream often served in a cone? The natural shape of the cone intends to raise up the ice cream, in fact its design set offs the ice cream and then channel your favorite flavor right down to the very last mouthful.

Reliable evidence proves that ice cream cones serving in the 19th century took place during the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, and their popularity increased greatly. According to legend, an ice cream vendor at the fair ran out of cardboard dishes. The vendor at the Syrian waffle booth next door, unsuccessful in the intense heat, offered to make cones by rolling up his waffles. The new product sold well and was widely copied by other vendors.

Content for this question contributed by Ray Crossgrove, resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA