Who was the First Man Popularised Ice Cream

Carlo Gatti
Carlo Gatti

It may be Carlo Gatti(1817-1878). In the Mediterranean, ice cream appears to have been accessible to ordinary people by the mid-eighteenth century. Ice cream became popular and inexpensive in England in the mid-nineteenth century, due to the efforts of a Swiss emigre Carlo Gatti. Carlo Gatti was a Swiss entrepreneur in the Victorian era.  In 1851, he set up the first stall outside Charing Cross station, selling scoops of ice cream in shells for one penny to the public, previously, ice cream was an expensive treat confined to rich people with access to an ice house. He built a large “ice well” for storage of the ice that he took from Regent’s Canal under a contract with the Regent’s Canal Company. By 1860, with a rapidly expanding business, he began importing ice on a large scale from Norway.



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