This might shock you a little bit but believe it or not, the first ice cream flavors were; bread crumbs 🙄 asparagus 😖 , grated cheese 🤢 … Yikes right? 🤮
There are over 1000 different flavors of ice cream in existence. Every third Sunday of July, frozen treat lovers celebrate ice cream day! If icecream is that one dessert you can’t live without, continue reading this article to find out the history behind ice cream, its various different types, and the famous emperors who enjoyed eating this delicious treat!
The History of Ice Cream
The origin of ice cream dates back to 600-900 AD and the first nation to eat frozen treats was China. It is said that Chinese emperors were the first people who enjoyed eating desserts made out of ice and milk. Coming along is the explorer Marco Polo. Marco Polo introduced ice cream to Italy when he saw it being made during his trip to China. Moreover, Roman emperor Nero Claudius Caesar sent slaves to mountains to bring back fresh snow which was then flavored and served as an early form of ice-cream. Alexander the great enjoyed having ice flavored with honey and nectar. King of England, Charles I would pay his chief extra money to keep his ice-cream recipe a secret from the rest of England.
Types of ice cream
Soft Ice Cream
Soft serve ice cream also known as American icecream or machine icecream has this super-smooth texture that is mostly available in two flavors; chocolate and vanilla served with a crunchy waffle cone. Soft ice cream was first introduced in the U.S in the late 1930’s and is usually sold at fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. You’ll also find them in fast food restaurants such as in McDonald’s but the machine is almost broken most of the times 🤣
If you’re a huge fan of ice cream, Gelato is probably your favorite kind! Gelato is Italian-style ice cream that is much denser than the standard soft American ice cream. This ice cream contains a higher volume of milk than cream and is served with a waffle cone. Although this type of ice cream originated in Italy, it is perhaps the most popular one and found in almost every country.
Rolled Ice cream
Rolled ice cream is a new cool dessert trend that is popular in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. It almost tastes like a regular gelato but much creamier. The cool thing about this ice cream is that you’ll get to see how it’s being made right in front of your eyes. The entire process takes around 2-3 minutes. The ice cream maker simply pours the ice cream mixture on an iced pan, chops it for a minute, and mixes toppings such as Oreos or fruits. Once the mixture is firm and frozen, the ice cream maker rolls them up to 4-5 pieces. 👅
Frozen yogurt is the ultimate refreshing summer dessert. It’s lighter and a lot healthier than any type of ice cream. This dessert is made from yogurt and consumes fewer calories than soft creams and gelatos due to the use of milk and yogurt instead of cream. As a result, it has a tangy and a sour taste and comes in all flavors. If you’re into a healthy lifestyle or thinking of losing weight, always eat frozen yogurt, especially in summer!
Not all ice creams are soft and creamy. Dondurma, the Turkish ice cream is, in fact, chewy and stretchy… Weird right🙄? That’s because Dondurma is made of whipped cream, salep, sugar, and most importantly mastic which is giving it this stretchy and chewy texture. Crazy over ice cream? Head over to turkey and watch how street vendors tease and prank you before finally giving it to you.
Last but not least, if you are an ice cream addict, fantasize over ice cream even in winter, or own an ice cream shop, you can create a channel on Pinngle Public Channel and share your ice cream experience with the world! 🌎