Ice cream is derived from iced cream, it is an iced dessert generally made from dairy products. The genesis of this dessert dated back to the 4th century B.C. The earliest references about ice cream includes when Nero, a roman emperor ordered ice from mountains and then combined milk and fruit toppings to it. It is also said that in china, Shang king named Tang (7th century A.D) has learned a method to mix milk and ice to create a dessert. Most of the historian have put forth that it was china from where this dessert was brought to Europe. Records suggest that George Washington used to serve ice cream to his guests. In 1776, first ice cream parlor was opened in America and it was the first time the name ice cream was coined. The first time a recipe for ice cream was published was in London. It was published in Mrs. Mary Eales’s Receipts in London in 1718.
How we know it
In 20th century, there was a dramatic change in the production and consumption of ice cream. It was because of the fact that during this century the cheap refrigeration became common and it was easy to lay hands on this delicious desert. With the cheap refrigeration, there was a significant increase in the number of ice cream parlors. These ice cream stores, usually competed with each other by offering cheap and different flavors.
In this era, there was a great invention that changed the market for ice creams forever. It was soft ice cream which was introduced in the market in the second half of the 20th century. Soon technological support was induced in the ice cream making which made it introduce food additives into ice cream. All these factors have played a vital role in the development of ice cream. It is due to these reasons that ice cream has become a part of our daily lives.
There are some interesting and fascinating facts about ice cream that will definitely leave you astonished:
a. A kind of ice cream (not actual ice cream) was made in china around 200 B.C.
b. It needs 12 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.
c. It will take 50 licks to finish a scoop of ice cream on the cone.
d. On an average, every American consumes 23 liters of ice cream a year.
e. The favorite flavor of Americans is vanilla.
f. July was declared as national ice cream moth by President Ronald Regan whereas 3rd Sunday of the July is national ice cream day.
g. It was an African American, in 1832 who invented a better way to manufacture ice cream.
h. Before cheap refrigeration was invented, ice cream was meant for luxurious occasions.
The FDA is an organization which closely monitors and regulates, what can be labeled as ice cream. They have formulated a set of regulations in which it is stated that all ice creams with solid additions must have at least 8 percent milk fat, whereas plain ice creams should have a minimum of 10 percent milk fat.
The quality and nutritional value of ice creams depends on the ingredients, the amount of air that is infused into the product and the percentage of butter fat. Cheap ice creams may have up to 40% air while in the quality ice creams it may be 3-15 percent. In case you are concerned about your health and weight, then you must check the label for the mentioned details per serving:
a. 15 grams of sugar or less
b. 4 grams of fat or less
c. 3 grams or less of saturated fat
d. Less than 150 calories
e. No more than 10 milligrams of cholesterol
Nowadays manufacturers have started manufacturing ice creams with calcium. These ice creams are very good to control blood pressure, reduce PMS, lower the chances of kidney stone and also reduces risk of certain cancers.
Below are some tips that can be helpful at times:
a. The only way to know how much air is pumped into ice cream is by weighing. Pint with pint with 50 percent air weighs about 34 ounce.
b. Before you try to make ice cream at home, it is better to get a good knowledge about the entire appliance, be it electrical or hand crank.
c. Whenever you want to store ice cream, store in a temperature between 0 and -5.
d. Always cover the ice cream when you store it. This way it stays fresh and doesnât lose it flavor.