The 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. It has been claimed that, in the Yuan Dynasty, Kublai Khan enjoyed ice cream and kept it a royal secret until Marco Polo visited China and took the technique of making ice cream to Italy.
Today, ice-cream still is a popular chilled dessert in china. Most of them are produced with ice cream machine by factory. There is a kind of chilled dessert made of mung beans, called lǜdòushā (sand of mung bean), texturally similar to ice cream. The beans are macerated into a paste and boiled together with milk and sugar. Besides the popular flavour such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mango, many Chinese ice cream manufacturers also introduced other traditional flavours such as black sesame, mung beans, red beans, and etc. Some dessert houses also serve ice-cream moon cake during the Mid-Autumn festival (moon festival). Fried ice cream is served at street food stalls in some areas.