Do you love vanilla ice cream? In North America and Europe the most common use of vanilla flavouring is for ice cream, and many people consider it to be the “default” or “plain” flavour. Now we can make vanilla ice cream with ice cream machine even at home. But in Eighteenth-century, vanilla was very difficult to get, this made vanilla ice cream a rare treat.
Ice cream originated in Italy in the sixteenth century. Vanilla was first introduced to Europe after the conquest of the Aztecs. There it was developed into vanilla-flavoured cocoa drinks. Hugh Morgan, the apothecary of Queen Elizabeth I, recommended that vanilla be used separately from cocoa. Afterwards, the French used it to flavour various foodstuffs including vanilla ice cream. It is believed that American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson discovered the flavor in France and then introduced it to the United States. During the Seventeen Eightieths~, Jefferson produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe which is now housed at the Library of Congress.