8 Fun Facts About the History of Ice Cream

Ancient Origins: Ice cream has ancient roots, with evidence suggesting that a version of it was enjoyed by the Chinese around 2000 BCE, where they mixed rice with milk and froze it in the snow.

Roman Emperor's Dessert: Roman Emperor Nero is said to have sent slaves to the mountains to collect snow, which was then flavored with honey and fruits, creating an early form of ice cream.

First Public Ice Cream: The first public sale of ice cream occurred in Paris in the late 17th century when cafes and confectioneries began selling the frozen treat.

Presidential Favorite: Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing ice cream to the United States, having brought a recipe back from France. It became a favorite dessert during his presidency.

Hand-Cranked Ice Cream Makers: The invention of the hand-cranked ice cream maker in the 19th century made home production more accessible, leading to increased popularity.

Ice Cream Cones: The ice cream cone made its debut at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis when a vendor ran out of dishes and teamed up with a nearby waffle vendor to create a portable cone.

Ice Cream Truck Jingle: The familiar tune played by ice cream trucks, often known as "Turkey in the Straw," has its roots in minstrel shows and became synonymous with the arrival of frozen treats.

Moon Landing Celebration: Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong enjoyed specially designed freeze-dried packets of vanilla ice cream during the Apollo 11 mission, making ice cream the first food consumed on the moon.