Did you know that only rich people were allowed to eat ice cream before? Below are some surprising things that you may not know about your favorite frozen dessert:
1) The first ice cream traces its origins in China. It was believed to have been invented in 200 B.C. when the ancient Chinese came up with a cold treat made from frozen water and milk. A Chinese King, Tang of Shang, was said to be a fan of ice cream and was noted to have employed 90 men to produce it constantly. The recipe includes flour, camphor, buffalo milk, and ice.
2) Only the upper class could enjoy ice cream until the 1800s. According to an article by the International Dairy Foods Association, only the elite can enjoy the sweet treat. By the 1800s, insulated ice houses have begun to crop up in industrial cities. By 1851, Baltimore sold the first mass-produced ice cream.
3) Did you know that there’s a Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco and Los Angeles? That’s right. So, if you’re living in one of these two cities, you’ve lucked out. If not, then you would have to travel interstate, but the long ride (or flight) is worth it. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance as you cannot buy them onsite.
4) According to Bon Bon, there’s a difference between gelato and ice cream. Some people have a notion that “gelato” is just a fancy Italian word for ice cream. However, there’s a slight difference between the two, and that is, gelatos have less air than ice cream, which makes them thicker in consistency. This quality, unfortunately, makes gelatos spoil easier than ice cream.
5) You can make ice cream without eggs, or even milk. The Philadelphia-style ice cream that is almost everywhere doesn’t contain eggs. Some ice cream, especially vegan ones, don’t have milk but instead swap it for milk substitutes such as almond milk. You can also use cream instead of milk when making ice cream, although traditional recipes include a blend of milk and heavy cream.