In China, it is called Dongzhi. Traditionally, the Winter Solstice is also a time for the family to get together. In the southern parts of China, people making and eating of tangyuan or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion. But in northern China, people typically eat dumplings on Winter Solstice.
A frozen mixture of milk and rice was used in China around 200 BC. The Chinese may be credited with inventing a device to make sorbets and ice cream. They poured a mixture of snow and saltpetre over the exteriors of containers filled with syrup, for, in the same way as salt raises the boiling-point of water, it lowers the freezing-point to below zero. Continue reading General Steps of Ice Cream Processing