History of Ice-cream!

There is a saying that it’s never too cold for an ice-cream. It’s also said that you can’t buy happiness but you can surely buy an ice-cream and it’s both the same kind of thing. We consume when we have a scoop of our favourite ice-creams. So Lazza here wants you to know the sweet history of our delicious flavour.

Ice-Creams are one of the most popular sweetened frozen dish or dessert usually made out of dairy products like milk and cream sweetened with sugar or sugar substitutes and comes in different unique flavours.

History of Ice-cream in the World

  • The history of ice-creams is recorded long back in the 5th century BC where ancient Greeks claimed that they consumed snow mixed with honey and fruits in the Athens’s Markets.
  • Later in 400 BC, Persians made a special chilled food from rose water and vermicelli mixed with saffron, fruits and other flavours to serve the Royal Family during Summers.
  • Around 200 BC, a frozen mixture of milk and rice was used in China filled with Syrup.
  • Roman Emperor Neri had brought ice from the mountains to combine with fruits back in 37-68 AD.
  •  Italian Duchess, Catherine De Medici, brought few Italian chefs to prepare flavoured ice/sorbets, when she married and Henry II and came to France in 1533.
  • The first recipe in French first flavoured ice is reported in Nicholas Lemery’s Recueil Dr Curiositez rates etc Nouvelles de plus in 1674.
  • A reference to ice-cream was made in Oxford English dictionary early in 1744.
  • Quaker Colonists introduced ice-cream to the USA. The baker’s sold ice-cream at their shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
  • Records from a Catham Street merchant in New York portrays George Washington spent approximately $200 on ice-creams during the summer of 1790. That records also shows President Thomas Jefferson had an 18 step recipe for ice-cream. The first lady Dolley Madison, wife if USA President, James Madison served ice-creams at his Inaugural Ball in 1813.
  • Ice-cream became much popular and accessible to the common people in England during mid 19th century, when Swiss emigre Carlo Gatto setup a stand outside Charing Cross Station in 1857 where he sold one scoop in shells for one penny.
  • Agnes Marshall popularised ice-cream recipes and write 4 books on it which made her popular as “Queen of Ices” England during the late 19th century. She even made ice-cream with liquid nitrogen.
  • Ice-cream Soda was made in the 1870s and ice-cream sundaes in the late 19th century. Ice-cream cones and banana split became much familiar in the early 29th century.
  • Ice-cream became familiar & desirable in the world during the second half of the 20th century after refrigerators became so common. An explosion of ice-cream stores of different flavours and types were also seen during this period. Baskin-Robbins made a 31 flavour like one for every day in a month, as a marketing strategy and the company now claims that they have more than 1000 varieties.
  • Another important milestone happened in the 20th century with the introduction of soft ice-creams in reduced costs.
    Many innovations have been introduced into ice-creams such as adding stabilizing agent Gluten. But later gluten-free ice-creams have been introduced due to its harmful health effects.

History of Ice-cream in India.

In India, the Mughal Emperors arranged Horsemen relays to collect ice from the Hindu Kush to Delhi in the 16th century to use them in fruit sorbets. Kulfi is described as the “Traditional Indian Ice-cream”, and the popular frozen dairy dessert originated in 16th century in the Mughal Empire.

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