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The Wonder of Ice Cream

Updated on October 7, 2017
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

I don’t know about you, but one of the best things ever invented was ice cream. I could almost live on this food item. It is rich and creamy. It comes in a wide range of flavors to basically make you addicted to the stuff. But what do we really know about this wonder food?

The Precursor

The early years of ice cream is a bit foggy to us. There was no record celebrating the first bite of the delicious food. Research has traced it back to around two hundred years before Christ. It has been a delight that humans have been enjoying, though it wasn’t exactly like the ice cream we get at the corner shop. It has been documented that Alexander the Great had snow served to him with sweeteners such as honey and nectar added to it. Sounds like the early days of ice cream to me. (

During history, variations appeared. Ice or snow was used with juice and pieces of fruit. It wasn’t until Marco Polo that we see an actual recipe that is pretty close to the family of ice cream: “Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet. Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century.” (ibid) Though other instances of similar concoctions began to appear across Europe with no direct link found where one fed into the other.


Ice cream began literally with ice. Makes sense due to the name we use for it. Snow was also used. During the 1700s, milk was added to it creating a smoother desert that was more like the ice cream we know. It only made sense.

It wasn’t a very common dessert. After all, freezers weren’t invented yet. That meant it had to be eaten when it was made with no thought of transportation. But...a version was created in the very early 19th century. Ice houses were created. They were underground and kept ice cold for everyday use. Well, it didn’t take long for people to realize that anything you wanted kept cold could be stored there.

A man named Jacob Fussell noticed how the new advancements could open doors for more people to enjoy ice cream. From there, as technology moved forward, so did the advancement of ice cream as well as availability.

Milestone and Events

1770’s - First recorded ice cream sales in America

1813 - Presidential Approval

1846 - First ice cream maker for the home invented.

1850’s - Ice cream in a few stores.

1904 - World’s Fair surged ice cream demand.

1926 - Freezer developed to create industry.


Ice cream today is very different. The basics are still the same. It is made from cream and sugar and frozen. But the flavors are out of this world. The combinations are strange and bizarre. Some make you question the creator’s sanity while others have you nearly willing to hurt someone just to get a bite.

But you can’t deny how wonderful ice cream has developed over the years. You can still make it at home if you want. There are some really cool recipes out there to make outstanding homemade ice cream in a wide variety of flavors.

Make Your Own

Ice cream used to be made at home. The practice is making a comeback as people try to do more at home instead of going to the store. Why it is making a comeback? Because many people are becoming concerned about the ingredients in their food. When things are homemade, you know what goes into it.

Homemade ice cream has a different flavor. Personally, I think it is creamier and much better. You can make whatever kind you like. This is great for me since it is hard to find good peach ice cream anywhere.

Spice It Up

Whether you buy your ice cream at a store or make it yourself, you can add your own twist to it and enjoy a unique experience. There are toppings such as syrups in various flavors you can add and even mix up. Add candy, nuts, or anything else you like to eat into it. I've seen some crazy stuff with even fish added to ice cream. While I gag at that thought, others like it.

Next time you have ice cream, have some fun with it.


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