10 Stories about Ice Cream

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1. Hundreds of years ago, King Charles wanted the ice cream recipe kept secret from everyone, moreover, he wanted it served only on the royal table. He gave his French chef a big amount of money and 500 pounds a year to adhere to the agreement.

2. In ancient Greece, about 500 B.C., people already enjoyed the ice treat available in the markets of Athens. The snow that was flavored with honey and fruits became an instant favorite most especially when Hippocrates encouraged his patients to eat ice. According to him, “ice livens the life juices and increases the well-being.” The Greeks contributed to the world “pagato” ice cream. There are different types of pagato: pagato kaimaki has chewy texture because of its ingredients, mestic-resin and salepi, pagato loukoumi, which is made with deep fried dough, and pagato kataifi chocolate which is made with shredded filo pastry similar to vermicelli. Greeks also have olive oil ice cream and maurodaphne ice cream that is flavored with their own dessert wine.

3. One of the first places to serve ice cream to the general public in Europe was Café Procope in France, which started serving it in the late 17th century. Café Procope is called the oldest restaurant of Paris in continuous operation. The ice cream was made from a combination of milk, cream, butter, and eggs. However, it was still primarily a treat for the elite and was not yet popular among every class.

4. President George Washington purchased around $200 worth of ice cream (about $3,000 today) in the summer of 1790 and also owned two pewter ice cream pots(Because there is no freezer).

5. In 1851 Jacob Fussel of Baltimore built the first ice cream factory in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania to take care of his surplus cream. The ice cream was transported from his factory to outlets in his hometown Baltimore making Fassel the first commercial ice cream manufacturer and wholesaler.

6. Ben & Jerry’s, one of the largest ice cream companies in the USA. In part, their distinctive style of ice cream was developed to compensate for Ben’s anosmia – his loss of smell and near-loss of taste – as Ben kept adding larger and larger chunks to the ice cream to satisfy his need for texture in food.

7. The sundae is a sweet ice cream dessert. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure; however, it is generally accepted that the spelling “sundae” derives from the English word “Sunday”. Among the many stories about the invention of the sundae, a frequent theme is that the ice cream sundae was a variation of the popular ice cream soda. According to documentation published by the Evanston Public Library(Illinois), the drinking of soda was outlawed on Sundays in Illinois.

8. During World War II, ice cream became an edible morale symbol. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946.

9. Margaret Thatcher, long before she became prime minister of the United Kingdom, she was a chemist for the food manufacturer J. Lyons and Company and studied ways to cheapen the icy treat. In the late 1940s she was part of a team of sweet scientists that perfected the method for doubling the air in each serving of ice cream, dramatically reducing the cost. Even better, the resulting product could be dispensed by a machine rather than scooped by hand. The discovery would become “soft scoop,” as it is known in England.

10. Heladería Coromoto, commonly known as Coromoto, is an ice cream parlor in Merida, Venezuela, known for offering a Guinness World Record of 860 flavors. Including chilli, tomato, gherkin, onion, mushrooms in wine, garlic, cream of crab, etc.

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