A short history of ice cream

Ice Cream

It’s obvious to those who work in the dairy industry that ice cream is making a comeback in the United States. With the release of all natural, sugar-free, and high protein ice creams people have been rejuvenated to buy the once slowing industry and are now ready to purchase their frozen ice cream products in hordes yet again.

For those who don’t live, breathe, eat and sleep ice cream or didn’t notice a change in the first place, We want to give you a quick look at the history of the product we know as ice cream.

Where did it originate?

The first hintings of an iced treat resembling ice cream go as far back as the second century B.C. Many famous historical figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar loved a snow flavored treat that was sweetened with honey, juice or some kind of nectar. In fact, Caesar used to send runners into the mountains for snow to then flavor it with fruit and juices.

Thousands of years later, Marco Polo came back from his excursion in the Far East with a new recipe that would now resemble sherbet. Ice cream historians estimate that this recipe evolved into something closer to today's ice cream near the 16th century. Up until the 17th-century ice cream was not available to the public anywhere in the world. The Sicilian Procopio made it available to the masses in 1660.

What about the United States?

There isn't much about ice cream production in the United States until the 18th century when the first advertisement for the product is said to have appeared in the New York Gazette. It is noted by local merchants that our president George Washington spent around $200 ($4,000 of today's money) on ice cream during the summertime in 1790.

In the United States, ice cream remained a fascinating dessert enjoyed mostly by the countries aristocracy. It began to change as technology evolved, and the innovations of the time helped ice cream hit everyday consumers around the country. During WWII dairy product rationing was in full swing in the United States which slowed the production of ice cream. Following the war, the ration was lifted and Americans celebrated with ice cream, consuming it by the quart.

As demand increased, so did production, ice cream could be found on every supermarket shelf in America and traditional ice cream parlors began to disappear. According to the IDFA “, today's frozen dairy annual production in the United States is more than 1.6 billion gallons”.

So much has changed over time. We are seeing yet another ice cream boom in our country and around the world. We have our own beliefs as to why this might be happening but what are yours? Why do you buy ice cream? Let us know in the comments below.

Written by
Tate Glasgow

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