The Red & Black

A Brief History Of Ice Cream


However, the Chinese were the first to add milk and create a true ice cream. Their idea was a frozen combination of milk and rice.

Soon enough, India caught hold of the ice cream craze and created kulfi, a frozen dairy dessert that is still popular today!

Up to this point, ice cream was available to the general public. However, this changed when Charles I of England became aware of the popular treat. He soon offered his royal ice cream maker a lifetime salary to keep the recipe for ice cream a secret for just the royal family.

However, it wasn’t enough to stop the excitement from spreading, and soon enough, ice cream took over most of Europe. Agnese Marshall, an English culinary expert of the 19th century, wrote many books on the “art” of creating ice cream -- she would soon be known as the “Queen of Ices.”

While the ice cream industry had a great start in Europe, it really took off in the United States. The famous ice cream soda was invented in the 1870s, paving the way for soda fountains and ice cream parlors to open up all over the nation.

The sundae was invented around this time as well (possibly as a protest to laws that prohibited leisure on a Sunday). When Prohibition came into effect during the early 20th century, people stopped showing up to bars and turned to ice cream parlors more than ever.

New, exciting flavors showed up every day. Soon enough, soft-serve (ice cream with air mixed in, creating a soft texture) was created, and ice cream companies such as Ben and Jerry’s, Häagen-Dazs, and Baskin-Robbins became known all around the world.

Thanks to this wild ride of cultural twists and turns, we can enjoy ice cream the way it is today. If it wasn’t for the desires of our ancestors to innovate this sweet, cold, treat, we might not have had ice cream as it is now.

But the past is the past -- let’s get some ice cream!