Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday Memes....and contests ending

This is my entry for ABC Wednesday (letter is I), Three Word Wednesday (Negate baffle elegant)
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Ice Cream: one of my favorite words (actually two!) has got to be ice cream! It conjures up wonderful images, incredibly delicious memories and infinite pleasure!
I scream for ice cream’ -  I remember reading this in school in a text book, of all places, and these words remain etched in my mind to use when I want ice cream!(silently of course)

Ice cream has a rich history.  Many stories and accounts exist around the origins of ice cream – enough to baffle the mind.  But none of these can negate the fact that the ice cream is a global favorite.  All the stories date it back to different times in the past though none can be proved without a time-machine! But until then, we can choose and pick the myths, legends and possibly facts that revolve around this favorite treat – elegant, sweet, and just about perfect!

The timeline:
  • 2000 BC – The Chinese create the first ice creams, or rather ice sans cream.
  • 400 BC – The ice desserts travels to the Persian Empire through trade routes and the Persians invent a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli (faluda), which was served to royalty during summers.
  • 330 BC – Alexander the Great enjoys fruit ices having toppled the Persian Empire.
  • 200 BC – The Chinese were eating a frozen mixture of milk and rice
  • 37-68 ABD – Roman emperor Nero had ice brought from the top of the mountains to eat with fruit
  • 10th century AD – The Arabs made milk and sugar a major ingredient of the ice desserts – the first precursor to the modern ice cream, most likely!
  • 13th century AD – Marco Polo brings ‘ice cream’ back from China
  • 14th century AD – Guests at the coronation banquet of Henry V of England in the fourteenth century enjoy a dessert called cremefrez
  • 16th century AD – Mughal emperors use horsemen to bring ice from Hindukush mountains to drink juices fragrant with essences and cooled with the snow and ice
  • 1500s - Architect and set designer Bernardo Buontalenti in Florence  invents gelato
  • In 1533, the young Italian princess Catherine de Medici went to France as the bride of the future King Henry II. Included in her trousseau were recipes for frozen desserts.
  • 1660 - The first public sale of ice cream occurs in Paris at the Cafe Procope
  • 1660s – Wealthy Europeans were enjoying treats of ices.
  • 1671 - "One plate of Ice Cream" is served at the feast of King Charles II
  • 1744 - Governor Thomas Bladen of Maryland serves ice cream to his guests
  • 1776 — The first ice cream parlor opened in New York City.
  • 1784 – Thomas Jefferson found ice cream while in Paris and wrote down the recipe for vanilla ice cream.
  • 1806, Independence Day – Jefferson has an ice house built in today’s White House and hires a servant to turn the ice cream maker.
  • 1812 – Dolly Madison serves ice cream at her husband, President  James Madison’s inaugural ball
  • 1832, Augustus Jackson, an African American confectioner, not only created multiple ice cream recipes but also invented a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
  • 1843 – Nancy Johnson patents first hand-cranked ice cream maker in the United States, producing a smoother ice cream  – thank you, Nancy!
  • 1851 – Jacob Fussell launches the first ice cream factory
  • 1874 – Robert Green invents the ice cream soda, accidentally.
  • i1880s – The first sundaes were created. Why? Because it was prohibited to sell ice cream sodas (very popular at that time) on Sunday as being too sinful. The name also probably owes it origin to Sunday. Claims of origin are made by Ithaca, Buffalo, Two Rivers and other towns in the US.
  • 1893 – fried ice cream shows up (again, there are conflicting claims of origin like for every other form and flavor of ice cream)(I remember enjoying this first in a Mexican restaurant in Old Towne San Diego about 10 years ago)
  • 1903/1904 – Italo Marchiony patented an edible cone in 1903 as he sold homemade ice cream from a pushcart in New York.   Shortly after this, the ice cream cone was made at the St. Louis World's Fair when an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes and teamed up with a waffle vendor to make a cone by rolling the waffle. Again there are accounts of Europeans having enjoyed cones before 1904!
  • 1920 – The Good Humor man comes to town when Harry Burt starts the ice cream company selling ice cream in trucks
  • 1938 – Soft serve ice cream makes its appearance
  • 1988 – Curt Jones invents the Dippin Dots (called the ice cream of the future). It is made by flash freezing ice cream mix with liquid nitrogen. 
  • and the story continues....
Fun ice cream numbers:
How many licks to finish one scoop of ice cream? The answer is … 50!
How much does the world’s most expensive ice cream cost? $1000 for the Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3 in New York
What is the maximum number of flavors of ice cream can you find in one ice cream parlor? 860, at the Coromoto Ice Cream Shop in Venezuela.

overrun - used in commercial ice cream making to refer to the air in the ice cream
dasher blades - referring to the 'paddle' of an ice cream making machine that helps churn the mixture.

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  1. Ice cream any time!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. What a fun post! A good friend of ours sold ice cream for 20 years and he's always telling us ice cream stories.

  3. Yummy information!

    I is for Ice, please come before it melts.
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  4. Fun facts about ice cream thanks for posting this.

    1. thank you.. was fun learning the facts..

  5. Phew, well done! Informative post!!

    1. thank you.. learned a lot while doing this..

  6. Great post. I like your wondrous words, most words to do with icecream are wondrous of course.

  7. Loved reading all these juicy tidbits about ice cream. Given that up nawth I hear they put maple syrup on snow as a winter treat sometimes, I wonder what kind of frozen desserts were being made by the Lapplanders as well as other Scandinavians. "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!" Yeah.

    1. :) maple syrup on snow - might have to try it sometime...


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