Friday, December 11, 2009

We All Scream for Ice Cream!!!

In Russian it's called mahrozhinahyeh, in Spanish helado, in Syrian ayce and for the Filipinos sorbetes. Whatever it is called, it's one of the world's favorite treats. Ice cream's ancestors include flavored crushed ices and a variety of chilled mixtures of milk, cream, and flavoring that date back to 17th century in china.

In 18 43, Englishman Thomas Masters invented an ice cream machine that was suitable for retailers and large households. Three years later, in the US, Nancy Johnson invented a small, hand cranked ice cream maker similar to today's domestic model. The first commercial ice cream factory was established in Baltimore in 1851. The Eskimo Pie, world's first ice cream bar, debuted in 1921, invented by Christian Nelson. Two years later, Harry Burt, a candy maker from Ohio mounted chocolate covered ice cream on a stick, and the Good Humor bar was born. During World War II, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet included a barge whose only function was to produce 5,600 gallons of ice cream per hour. In 1984, Pres. Ronald Reagan recognized the American appetite for the frozen treat by declaring July National Ice Cream Month (hehe.. So there's a celebration month for ice cream). Twelve feet high was the largest ice cream sundae ever recorded, it was made from 4,667 gallons of ice cream and an impressive 7,000 pounds of toppings (WOW! *drools* hehe..). As decades passed, the dessert became embedded in our diet.

The US Midwest, claim to the world's highest per capita consumption - 41.7 quarts per year per person. Over all, the average American eats 23.2 quarts per year and eventually will consume an entire ton of ice cream in a lifetime. However, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, New Zealanders are the international ice cream eating champions.

Vanilla accounts for over half the ice cream eaten worldwide, but more than 200 flavors exist. Among the unusual flavors are tomato, garlic (I wonder if it taste good), corn, tofu-anise, and even durian (it smells but taste good). In Japan, contributed numerous flavors such as green tea, red bean, and ginger, as well as "mochi" ice cream in which ice cream us enveloped in a sticky r
ice pastry.


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