History of Ice cream

By: Amelia Triller


  • Ice cream's origins are known to reach back as far as the 5th century B.C
  • It is said to have been invented in China
  • One of the first known people to have eaten an early form of ice cream was Marco Polo in the 1300s after bringing it to Europe

How it has changed:

  • In the early stages of ice cream, it was just snow and ice, flavored with honey and nectar or fruit juices

Interesting facts:

  • Ice cream was introduced to America in the 1700s
  • In 1776, the first ice cream parlor opened in New York
  • The first ice cream plant is opened in 1851
  • July is national ice cream month
  • Ice cream is the best selling treat in the U.S next to cookies
  • The world's tallest ice cream cone was made in Italy and was over 9 ft. tall

Uses/Consumption patterns:

  • Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in the U.S
  • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezers at any given time of year
  • In 2013, people in the U.S spent $13.7 billion on ice cream
  • An American eats an average of 48 pints of ice cream each year


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