A scoop of ice cream history


Ice cream is a delicious treat many people enjoy, from modern-day, dating back to 500 BC! Did you know former President Ronald Reagan designated July to be National Ice Cream month back in 1984?

That’s right! July is Ice Cream Month all thanks to a U.S. resident. Summertime is the perfect time to relax in the hot weather with a cone of refreshing ice cream.

Ice cream wasn’t always the treat we know it as today. Similar to many things, it has been around for a long time.

In 500 BC, the Persian empire would pour grape juice on snow during the hot summers. The snow was kept in underground chambers called “yakhchali.” Three hundred years later, the ancient Chinese had records of a frozen treat made of rice and milk that they would eat to cool off during the hot weather.

It was not until year 800 that a more modern version of ice cream came around, using milk and sugar as its primary ingredients.

During the 10th century, the Arabs made an ice cream recipe composed of milk, cream, flavored rose water, along with dried fruits and nuts! This recipe was used all over Baghdad, Damascus, and Cairo. In the 13th century, Marco Polo took that recipe to Italy.

According to the IDFA, international dairy foods association, ice cream was the most popular in Italy around 1533 when Catherine de Medici and Henry the second were married. Soon after the recipe was introduced to France, it was also brought to the rest of Europe. In 1744, the Scottish immigrants brought ice cream to North America.

It was not until 1813 that ice cream became popular in the United States. Dolly Madison, wife of President James Madison, served ice cream at the presidential Inaugural Ball of 1813, and since refrigeration units were not yet created, it was a very impressive treat!

Around the 1850’s, commercial ice cream production began due to the invention of the portable freezer, and the more common usage of household refrigeration units! Ice cream even began being served at the popular St. Louis World Fair in 1904! 

According to a legend, at the world fair, a Syrian waffle maker began to roll up his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes to serve his ice cream in. From then on, the waffle cones caught on! But that wasn’t the only idea people had for ice cream. The Eskimo Pie makers had the idea to coat the ice cream in chocolate, which made them the first company to do so!

American ice cream was being mass produced in 1939 to be sent to soldiers to boost the morale of Allied troops in Europe. This managed to popularize the dish across the entire world. This led to a majority of the world belief in ice cream being invented in America.

From then on, many ice cream shops popped up all over, spreading the joy of ice cream! 

Ice cream isn’t just rich in history but it is also rich in the nine essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that boost immunity, memory, and bone strength. It also increases happiness! The nine essential nutrients are protein, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins D, A, and B12, along with riboflavin, niacin, and calcium!

Ice cream has been loved and celebrated for a long time! So make sure to stop by the store or ice cream shop to get some delicious ice cream to celebrate July being Ice Cream Month!


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