Saturday, January 3, 2004

did you know...
The icecream recipe was invented in 1832?

The origin of ice cream can be traced back to at least the 4th century B.C. Other early references include the Roman emperor Nero (A.D. 37-68) who ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings, and King Tang (A.D. 618-97) of Shang, China who had a method of creating ice and milk concoctions. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices were evolved and served in the fashionable Italian and French royal courts.

  • According to The History of Ice Cream, written by the International Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers Washington DC, 1978, about a hundreds of years ago, Charles I of England hosted a sumptuous state banquet. The meal consisted of many delicacies, including the coup de grace which was the French chef’s concoctation that was cold and resembled freshly fallen snow but was much creamier and sweeter than any other dessert. The guests were delighted, as was Charles, who summoned the cook and asked him not to divulge the recipe of the frozen cream. The King wanted the delicacy to be served only at the royal table and offered the cook `A3500 a year to do this.

  • After the dessert was imported by the US, it was served by several famous Americans, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Dolly Madison. In 1700, Governor Bladen of Maryland was recorded as having served it to his guests.

  • American colonists were the first to use the term ‘ice cream’, which came from ‘iced cream’ and was similar to ‘iced tea’.

  • Augustus Jackson, a confectioner from Philadelphia, invented a recipe and method of making ice cream in 1832.

— Compiled by Gaurav Sood