ICE CREAM – A Very Cold History

The origins of ice cream can be traced back to at least the 4th century B.C. Early references of the Roman emperor Nero suggest that he ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings. King Tang of China had a method of creating ice and milk concoctions. Ice cream was likely brought from China back to Europe when over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices evolved and served in the fashionable Italian and French royal courts. After the dessert was imported to the United States, it was served by several famous Americans. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson served it to their guests. The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776. American colonists were the first to use the term “ice cream”. The name came from the phrase “iced cream” that was similar to “iced tea”. The name was later abbreviated to “ice cream” the name we know today. Age: 5-12 Date: August 24th 2011 Time: 10-12 PM Admission: $10 Per child The final stage of our Taste of History Adventures, The History of Ice Cream. We will discouver the early versions of ice cream, go on a ice cream taste test scavenger hunt and then have a go at making our own ice cream treats.  This elaborate history deserves celebrating!

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