It’s National Ice Cream Day! You know what this means. Time to serve up some cold history.
^ The ice cream is not attributed to a date of origin or an inventor that we can trace back. (I wish I could lay claims to inventing it then!)
^ But the Chinese are credited (generally) for creating the first ice cream as early as 3000 BC. How did it reach Europe?
^ Marco Polo is often cited as the man who introduced ice cream to Italy. The Italians perfected the method and the ice cream we enjoy today is credited to them. (We are forever in your debt.)
However, the French get credit for introducing the sweet treat throughout Europe. C’est la vie!
^ You do notice when it comes to food history, the French are right around the corner right? It’s like they were always waiting to perfect a method and introduce it to the world.
^ But let’s give Catherine de’Medici some credit too. When this lady married Henry II of France, she brought some Italian chefs with her. Not just any chefs, mind you. These chefs were said to have had recipes for flavored ice.
The first recipe for flavored ice appeared in French in 1674. God bless the French!
^ This is random, but I want to throw it out there: Here, in Trinidad, we still have flavored ice. No, it’s not sorbet, but snow cone. Which is a weird name for a cold treat because we never experience snow.
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^ Oh, alright! Some people know it as shaved ice, but it’s still flavored ice! 😛
Whatever the history, I’m glad we have ice cream. So many flavors to choose from, but I remain loyal to vanilla, which happens to be the most popular flavor.