How old is Ice Cream?
“Sweet, cool and alluring”, the ice cream has conquered millions of human hearts on Earth and has become one of the most attractive deserts on the planet. Let's go back in time with Laciôté to explore the thrilling history of ice cream!
Between 54 and 68 AD, Roman Emperor Nero collected ice from the Apennine Mountains (Italy), mixed with honey and wine to produce a "flavored ice" dish, that's our ice cream today. There is another legend that ice cream originated from the Mongol empire and spread to China during its invasion.
“Flavored ice” was then introduced to Europe thanks to the merits of Arab traders, but is best known through the merchant Marco Polo. Polo is noted for spreading this dessert to Italy.
In 1533, the Italian Duchess Catherine de Medici introduced delicious flavored ice cream to France when she brought several Italian chefs to France. At that time, "flavored frozen food" was a classy dessert for the nobles and royalty, only for those who could access to “ice houses”.
In 1647, the first recipe in French for flavored ice appeared.
In 1744, this unique dish was introduced to North America.
In 1918, flavorful frozen dishes appeared in England. By the mid-18th century, ice cream became popular and cheaper in England in the mid-19th century.
The early 20th century witnessed a big change in the ice cream industry due to the rise of American stores. In the second half of the 20th century, ice cream became popular all over the world after the refrigeration industry spread widely, the explosion of ice cream shops, along with a variety of flavors and mass marketing strategies.
Ice cream arrived in Vietnam in the early 20th century. The first place to sell ice cream was the Grand Hotel on Hang Trong Street (Hanoi), now in Le Thai To street.
Thus, ice cream appeared as early as the first century AD, much earlier than the invention of electricity and refrigeration.
Ice cream's journey is not only thrilling at the landmarks, but also magical at its diverse transformation across different continents. Let’s continue to explore more stories of ice cream in our next pages.