I scream, you scream, we all scream for National Ice Cream Month! (Otherwise known as July.) Ice cream has been around a long time. Well, maybe not exactly what we mean to day by ice cream, but the idea of it started quite a ways back. Did you know that in the fifth century BCE the ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens? Nope, neither did I. But they weren’t the only ancient civilization interested in cool treats in the summer. Wikipedia tells is, a frozen mixture of milk and rice was used in China around 200 BCE. In 400 BCE, the Persians invented a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli, which was served to royalty during summers. The ice was mixed with saffron, fruits, and various other flavors. And so it went on up through the years. As far as cones, there were recipes for making them as early as 1888, but they were popularized in the US at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
According to the Food Science department at the University of Guelph, ice cream consists of the following:
Milkfat: >10% – 16%
Milk solids-not-fat (snf): 9% – 12%
Sucrose: 10% – 14%
Corn syrup solids: 4% – 5%
Stabilizers: 0% – 0.4%
Emulsifiers: 0% – 0.25%
Water: 55% – 64%
And all this before adding any fruit, nuts, or other ingredients! Better to make it at home by the looks, with milk (or cream), sugar or sweetener, and whatever additions take your fancy. For me, chocolate ice cream with mint flavoring and chocolate chips. Yum!
Quotes about ice cream
Number of empty Ben & Jerry’s containers: 3 — two mint chocolate cookie, one plain vanilla. (Who buys plain vanilla ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, anyway? Is there a greater waste?)–Ally Carter
Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.–Don Kardong
Stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived as we go along.–Robert J. Hastings
[I]t was the color of someone buying you an ice cream cone for no reason at all.–Lemony Snicket
Sometime all you need is love … Oh wait! And ice cream, and chocolate to go along with it as nowadays love is anything but sweet.–Megha Khare
Ice cream is happiness condensed.– Jessie Lane Adams
“Not having ice cream,” she proclaimed, “is the culmination of all disasters!”–Brandon Sanderson
Eat Ice Cream. Read Books. Be Happy.–Carew Papritz
I can say with unwavering certitude that I have never started a pint of Ben ‘n Jerry’s ice cream that I didn’t finish in its entirety within 6 minutes.–Gregor Collins
Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.–Judith Olney
Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.–Jim Fiebig
Unless your name ends in Baskin or Robbins, I really can’t fit you into my schedule right now.–Uniek Swain
I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day.–Terri Guillemets
I love dessert. All kinds. But there’s something about ice cream that makes me happy.–Rachel Nichols
My love for ice cream emerged at an early age – and has never left!–Ginger Rogers
I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.–Wendy Liebman
Happiness is, the sound of an ice cream truck.
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