July is National Ice Cream Month. In observance of one of my favorite deserts (no matter the flavor,) I wanted to provide our readers with a little information about ice cream. Made of frozen cream or butterfat, milk, sugar and various flavors; ice cream was derived from ice desserts that Marco Polo was exposed to in China. By the 1670s, Italian cooks made the treat from both water and milk ice recipes. In the U.S., ice cream was manufactured in Philadelphia. One may enjoy a bowl or treat such as the ice cream soda (invented in 1874) or a cone. After WWII, scarcity of dairy caused a shortage of ice cream manufacturing. A video clip about this disastrous shortage is available via the link below. Although the manufacturing process has changed (to include additives and preservatives for many popular brands,) the concept of a creamy and cool treat. While we’re enjoying the summer heat, let’s take time out of our busy summer schedule to cool off by eating a spoonful, bowl or cone of ice cream!
By, Alydia Sims