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.
The Lantern Festival(Yuanxiao jie) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar marking the last day of the lunar New Year celebration. The Lantern Festival is usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), it had become a festival with great significance. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune. People also eat yuanxiao or tang yuan(rice ball) in this day. It is a glutinous rice ball typically filled with sweet red bean paste, peanut butter, or sesame paste. It is very delicious. People believe the round shape of the balls, and the bowls in which they are served symbolize family togetherness, and that eating tangyuan may bring the family happiness and good luck in the new year. Continue reading Lantern Festival→
Ice cream has been introduced into Europe by Italian duchess Catherine de’ Medici in the 16th century. When she married the Duke of Orléans (Henry II of France) in 1533, she is said to have brought with her to France some Italian chefs who had recipes for flavoured ices or sorbets. Continue reading Who introduced ice cream into Europe→
Freezing can keep foods fresh. Freezing foods slow down decomposition by turning residual moisture into ice, inhibiting the growth of most bacterial species. They are convenient, easy-to-prepare, nutritious, delicious, and they make our busy life-styles seem a bit easier. Frozen foods seem as if they were recently invented, but in fact, they have existed for a long time, much longer than you think. Continue reading History of Frozen Food→
A.D 54-68: For centuries, iced desserts were a luxury. Roman Emperor Nero is said to have sent his slaves into the mountains to fetch snow to mix with nectar, fruit pulp, and honey, although this widely told tale may be only a myth. Continue reading the Schedule in the History of Ice Cream→
An ice cream machine is used to make ice cream. Do you know the origin of ice cream machine? Who made the first ice cream machine? Although, the history of ice cream is a messy one, today’s version, which has a smooth and soft texture, is a product of the continuous stirring of the mixture through the use of a simple machine called the ice cream maker. According to several writings, Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer, in 1846. Through the turning of the freezer’s handle the container of the mixture that is surrounded with a mixture of ice and salt was continuously stirred. With this process the mixture was prevented from instant freezing. The second type that came out in 1848 is similar to the first; a certain Mr. Young patented it on May 30, 1848. He called the ice cream maker “Johnson patent ice cream freezer.” However, it was said that it was the same freezer as the first that was patented because Nancy Johnson sold her rights to Mr. Young. There ever have a story, in 1782, Martha Washington left a bowl of sweet cream on the back steps of Mount Vernon one night, and the next morning discovered ice cream. Nice story, but not true. George Washington did have, described in his ledger, “a cream machine for ice.” Continue reading The First Ice Cream Machine→
The origins of ice cream are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been undisputably credited with its discovery. We know that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with nectar and honey. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavored with juices and fruits. Continue reading The Evolution of Ice Cream→