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Ice Cream Trivias
Ice cream is a Chinese food. In the 13th century, Marco Polo learned of the Chinese method of creating ice and milk mixtures and brought it back to Europe. Over time, people created recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices. It became a fashionable treat in Italy and France, and once imported to the United States, ice cream was served by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Dolley Madison.
In the early days of television mashed potatoes were used to simulate ice cream on cooking shows. Real ice cream melted too fast under the heat from the lighting.
More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
Vanilla is the top Ice Cream flavor in the U.S., followed by chocolate, vanilla/chocolate, fruit and cookies & cream.
Haagen Dazs ice cream was created in 1959 by Polish born New York businessman Reuben Mattus. The Danish sounding name was also invented by Mattus, and the premium ice cream had a map of Scandinavia on the carton.
The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. An ice cream vendor ran out of paper cups and asked a nearby waffle booth to make some thin waffles he could roll up to hold the ice cream. However, it is also reported that a patent had been taken out in the late 1890’s for an ice cream cone by Italo Marchiony. So, the ice cream cone was probably popularized at the St. Louis Fair, but not invented there.
‘Neapolitan Ice Cream,’ refers to a block of ice cream composed of layers of different flavors, usually chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. (The term Neapolitan is also used to refer to any molded dessert that is made with 3 layers.) The ice cream makers of Naples were famous in the early 19th century, especially Tortoni, who created many layered ice cream cakes. Natives of Naples are known as Neapolitans. The term Neapolitan Ice Cream originated in the U.S. in the late 19th century, and is presumably a reference to the 3 layered ice cream cakes of Tortoni, a Neapolitan.
Credits to my cousin, Mia… 🙂