Ice Cream History

Nick Fri**** Speech 8th Informational Speech History of Ice Cream Introduction: Welcome everyone, I’m going to be talking to you about the history of ice cream. The beginning of Ice Cream History: -There was many stories that were told about who created ice cream and when it was created. -The most popular myth is that a Roman Emperor named Nero had his slaves fetch him snow from the mountains and had honey, or fruit toppings poured over it. However, pouring honey over snow is not actually making ice cream. Ice cream was most likely brought from China back to Europe, because of King Tang from China, had a method of creating ice and milk combinations. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices evolved from the French and the Italians. -After the dessert was imported to the United States, it was given to a lot of famous people, like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. And it was even recorded that in the 1700’s, that the Governor of Maryland served ice cream to his guests. -The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776. American colonists were the first to use the term “ice cream”.
The name came from the term “iced cream” which was similar to “iced tea”. But the name was soon abbreviated to ice cream. (Show Photo 3) Methods & Technology: -The method of using ice mixed with salt to lower and control the temperature of ice cream ingredients during its making was a major breakthrough in ice cream technology. -In 1846, Nancy Johnson created the hand-cranked freezer that established the basic method of making ice cream still used today. (Show Photo 1) -Before the hand-cranked freezer, Ice cream was made by hand in a large bowl placed inside a tub filled with ice and salt.
This was called the pot-freezer method. The hand-cranked freezer of course was better, and it produced smoother ice cream in a much quicker time. Ice Cream Sodas: -In the 1870’s adding ice cream to soda was popular. They had cola floats, which was coca cola with vanilla ice cream and root beer floats, which were also known as brown cows. There was other flavors like Orange Float, and Purple cow, which is orange or grape soda with vanilla ice cream. (Show Photo 2) Sundae: -Sundaes were probably named after the first day of the week. One popular tale was that many places banned selling sodas on Sunday.

So one day, a person put ice cream and syrup in a dish, and the gooey result was a hit. Ice Cream Cone: -No one really knows who made the first ice cream cone. But at the St. Louis World Fair, many people first saw ice cream in an eatable waffle-shaped cone. Eskimo Pie: -The Eskimo Pie bar was created by Chris Nelson, an ice cream shop owner from Iowa. He came up with the idea in the spring of 1920, when a kid came into his store, and had a hard time choosing from an ice cream sandwich and a chocolate bar. So he created ice cream covered in chocolate on a stick. Health Issues: Medical issues with ices and ice cream was and is ever changing. -In the 17th century some believed that it’s cold temperature would cause paralysis. And some say it was just thing to cure scurvy, and extreme weight loss. -In the 19th century it was believed that eating ice cream chilled the stomach and stopped digestion. It was also considered a healthy treat for children. -In the late 20th century, Americans blame ice cream for coronary artery disease. -Yet, in every era, praised or hated, it has been a much-loved dessert. Conclusion: -Thank you everyone for listening to me talk about the history of Ice Cream and have a good day.
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