Friday, March 16, 2012

The historical route of ice cream

We owe gratitude to the Chinese for inventing the ice cream, around 2000 B.C., producing a mixture of lightly cooked rice, spices and milk, which were placed in the snow in order to clot. They later prepared frozen desserts based on fruit juices, with or without milk, whilst during the 13th century one could buy them on the streets of Beijing.

A century later they appeared in Europe, in Italy to be precise, brought by Marco Polo. During the 16th century there were warehouses full of snow to freeze the sherbet of the sultan, in Constantinople. In 1533 it appeared in France, where the impossibility of keeping the ice in the summer, resulted in the selling of ice cream at an astronomical price, because it was considered a luxury. Later, with the invention of the fridge and the freezer, ice cream took off, spreading worldwide. 

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