A Bit of Ice Cream History
It's believed to have started with the emperors of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) who ate “a frozen milk-like confection". This version was made with cow, goat or buffalo milk that was heated with flour and camphor was added to enhance the texture and flavor. The mixture was then placed into metal tubes and lowered into an ice pool until frozen.
The 17th century saw ice drinks being made into frozen desserts. With the addition of sugar, sorbetto was created—or, as we know it, sorbet. Antonio Latini (1642–1692) is credited with being the first person to write down a recipe for sorbetto. He is also responsible for creating a milk-based sorbet, which most culinary historians consider the first “official” ice cream.
In the late 1600's the French began experimenting with a frozen desert called Fromage. One early recipe includes cream, sugar and orange flower water.
Ice cream reached England and the United States in the 1700's and was an expensive treat. It was the arrival of cheap refrigeration in the mid-twentieth century that saw an explosion of ice cream shops and a vast range of flavours.
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