Who invented the Ice Cream? Chinese, Persians or Romans?

Did you know that making desserts similar to ice cream goes back to thousands of years ago?

Chinese are often credited with inventing ice cream, as they used a frozen mixture of milk and rice for dessert as early as 5 to 6 thousands years ago. Evidence also suggests that around 3000 years ago, Persians used to pour grape concentrate on snow collected from mountains and eat it as a treat especially in hot days. Roman emperor Nero was also a big fan of having ice combined with fruit toppings as dessert.

Ice cream in its modern form slowly became popular in Europe and then the United States around the 16th century. Americans were the first to use the term “ice cream”, which was derived from “iced cream”. It is interesting to note that Ice creams became a household name only in the last 60 years, when cheap refrigeration became common. Nowadays, making ice creams has turned into a very profitable business around the world. As an example, in the United States alone, an American eats around 26 litres of ice cream every year!

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_cream
http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/ice_cream.htm
http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/desserts/the-history-of-ice-cream.asp

Image sources:
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Ice Cream Bar Mark II
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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:World_map.png
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nero_pushkin.jpg
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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chinese_-_Garden_Recreations_-_Walters_358_-_Detail_B.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balga_ice_cream_truck.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:M%C3%B6venpick_Ice_Cream.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ice-cream.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black_sesame_soft_ice_cream.jpg

Music:
Ice cream truck music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fprmKneQKs

“Mister Exposition” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com/)
We are using the music under the Creative Commons License.

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