You might have had this at least one time in your life. Sometime, you may like to eat this alone or sharing with your friends. You will feel so good enjoying its various flavors. This story is about ice cream. Do you know the history of ice cream? Do you know how it comes to your hand? Let’s see.
Actually no specific person has officially been credited with inventing ice cream. Its origins date back as far as 200 B.C., when people in China created a dish of rice mixed with milk that was then frozen by being packed in snow.
The Chinese King Tang of Shang is thought to have had over 90 ‘ice men’ who mixed flour, camphor, and buffalo milk with ice. The Chinese are also credited with inventing the first ‘ice cream machine.’ They had pots filled with a syrupy mixture, which they then packed into a mixture of snow and salt.
Other early ice cream-like confectionery indulgers include Alexander the Great, who enjoyed eating snow flavored with honey. Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar of Rome was said to have sent people up to the mountains to collect snow and ice which would then be flavored with juice and fruit; kind of like a first century snow cone.
These early ‘ice creams’ were obviously a luxury indulged in by the rich, as not everyone had the ability to send servants up the mountains to collect snow for them.
One of the earliest forerunners of modern ice cream was a recipe brought back to Italy from China by Marco Polo. The recipe was very like what we would call sherbet. From there, it is thought that Catherine de Medici brought the dessert to France when she married King Henry II in 1533. In the 1600s, King Charles I of England was said to have enjoyed ‘cream ice’ so much that he paid his chef to keep the recipe a secret from the public, believing it to be solely a royal treat. However, these two stories appeared for the first time in the 19th century, many years after they were said to have taken place, so may or may not be true.
Ice cream wasn’t big business until Jacob Fussell built an ice cream factory in Pennsylvania in 1851. Fussell was a milk dealer who bought dairy products from farmers in Pennsylvania and sold them in Baltimore. He found that an unstable demand often left him with a lot of extra milk and cream, which he then turned into ice cream. British chemists discovered a method of doubling the amount of air in ice cream creating soft ice cream.
The main ingredients in ice cream are milk, sugar, milk or vegetable fat, flavor (and sometimes color). Ice is formed in the ice cream during the freezing process. Each of these components is essential to the ice cream experience. There may be additional ingredients depending, of course, on the product being made. Typically these could include vanilla, chocolate, fruit, nuts, cereals and wafers.
New Zealand,the United States, Australia, Finland and Sweden are the top 5 countries that consume more ice creams in the world. Most of the vanilla used to make ice cream comes from Madagascar and Indonesia. Day by day, demand of the ice cream goes high. In 2016, the global ice cream market is estimated to be worth about 54 billion US dollars. In 2015, it is 52.5 billion US dollars. Nowadays ice creams have bound with people lives. These statistics have proved it already!