Former president Ronald Reagan founded national ice cream month in 1948. He recognized its “nutritious and wholesome qualities.”
Many ice creams today mostly contain milk and sugar. Why is this important? Ice cream has evolved over centuries, and more ingredients have been added to the ice cream family.
Although there’s no specific inventor it is believed by many that over 2,000 years ago, the Persians were the first to create ice cream. They made a sorbet-like treat. The early process involved pouring concentrated grape juice over snow in 500 B.C. Then China’s Tang Dynasty (618 A.D. -907 A.D.) used heated fermented milk, flour, and camphor to make milk-based ice cream. Next in the 9th century, the Arabs made ice cream similar to what we eat today, using milk and sugar.
There are currently over 1,000 ice cream flavors worldwide. Americans eat the most ice cream. They spend over $5.47 billion annually. That’s a lot of ice cream!
In conclusion throughout time, as ice cream has evolved, it has become the tastiest treat that many people enjoy today.