Ice-creamJul 14th, 2011 | By Lidia | Category: Food
Do you know that ice-cream is a 4000 years old icy treat?
The Chinese were the first to make this sweet mixture of snow, fruit and milk 4000 years ago. Even before that a Greek doctor Hippocrates recommended frozen food as a cure for diseases because he believed it has a vitalizing effect. Alexander the Great used to treat his commanders with sweetened snow. Ice and snow mixed with fruit, honey and rosewater was the favourite desert of the Roman emperor Nero.
It was in the middle ages when ice-cream found its way to the European courts. It is said that Marco Polo, a famous Croatian traveller and adventurer brought it to Italy. However the first ice-cream shop was opened in Paris in 1686 (the shop was run by a Sicilian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli), and regular customers included famous names like Rousseau, Voltaire and Diderot.
From then until today this exquisite ice desert has taken an important place in desert menus of all excellent restaurants.
The first ice-cream factory was founded in Baltimore, USA in the middle of 19th century. Ice lolly was created by accident – 11-year-old boy left a glass of lemonade with a spoon in it, on a windowsill. That night the temperature fell and in the morning he found a lemonade ice-cream on a stick (spoon). In 1924 he applied for a patent for his ice lolly.
More sophisticated version of ice-cream is sorbet with at least 25% of crushed fruit, but without milk and eggs. Ice –cream can be made with whipped cream which is also very tasty but has high milk fat. A lighter version is ice-cream made with milk. Nutritionists recommend ice-cream made of yoghurt and fruit.
On a hot summer day it is difficult to resist having this delicious refreshing treat. There are many types of ice-cream to choose from, both in ice-cream shops and supermarkets.