A history lesson in our favorite summertime treat
Ice cream has a long history of popularity. Dating back to the second century B.C., royalty dined on snow flavored with fruit, honey, and nectar. Later, Marco Polo reportedly brought a sorbet recipe back to Italy after one of his Far Eastern expeditions.
What we now know as ice cream was first introduced to America in the late 18th century, and was a favorite of George Washington and other members of elite society. With the 19th century came the invention of icehouses, allowing for larger-scale manufacturing and distribution. Soon ice cream was available everywhere, and to everyone.
Today, 1.6 billion gallons of ice cream are produced in the United States each year.