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Ice Cream, Is This Another Import From China?

Updated on May 11, 2014

You might need help eating these

Let’s gather a few of your friends and enjoy the largest ice cream cake. It was a mere 12,096 pounds, or perhaps you would enjoy the largest ice cream cone. It was made in Italy on January 11, 2012, sizing up to 9 feet, 2.63 inches. According to Guinness, the largest ice cream pyramid in made in August, 2002, reaching 53 inches, 3,894 scoops, and 22 layers and weighed 1,005 pounds. The biggest ice cream sundae was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1988. It weighed over 24 tons. Don’t worry about calories; the major ingredient in ice cream is air.

Ice milk was started a very long time ago. The Persian Emperor would have grape juice poured over snow. The Roman Emperor, Nero, had ice brought from the mountains and combined nectar, fruit pulp and honey, making a treat fit for the wealth. Way back in 2,000 BC, the Chinese would mix over-cooked rice, spices and milk, then put the mixture in snow to freeze. Marco Polo on one of his trips to China brought the recipe to Italy. It is said that Catherine de’ Medici, had her Italian chefs make flavored ice and sorbets for her wedding to Henry II in 1533. Thus bring ice milk to France. History tells readers the bride served a different flavor each day for her four day celebration.

While Thomas Jefferson was serving as ambassador to France, he bought the recipe for ice cream back to Philadelphia. Of course he designed and made his own ice cream machine. The Quakers of New England had their own version of ice cream.

Beginning of the cone

The ice cream cone became popular at the St. Louis, Missouri, World’s fair of 1904. The legend begins with an immigrant pastry chef from Damascus. Ernest Hamwi made a wafer-thin flat cookie that he sprinkled with sugar. Working beside him was a French-American ice cream vendor, Arnold Fornachou. Fornachou served his ice cream in paper dishes. His ice cream was so popular that he ran out of dishes. Hamwi came to his recue by rolling his wafer into a cone shape and thus the ice cream cone was born. Today just over 1/3 of ice cream is eaten from cones.

A flavor for every taste

Vanilla is the most popular flavored, followed by chocolate and strawberry. 80% of the world’s vanilla bean is grown in Madagascar. It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream. The immigrants who arrived on Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream. July is National Ice Cream Month, with July 21st being Ice Cream Day.

Howard Johnson’s was one of the original chains of ice cream parlors. They boosted about having 28 flavors. Baskin Robbins came along with 31 flavors, now they have over 1000 varieties. One of the most unusual flavors is hot dog. It was created in Arizona.

A side effect of eating ice cream is ‘brain freeze.’ This happens when cold ice touches the roof of your mouth. This causes the blood vessels in the head to dilate causing a slight headache. It is well worth the risk to enjoy one of America’s favorite treats.


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      Ravi and Swastha 3 years ago from London, Canada

      My mouth is simply watering looking at these cones. Looks so yummy. Very informative hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up & useful, interesting information.