Did anyone invent ice cream?|
Clearly it was not one person who created this gift to humanity,
for surely he or she would have already been awarded the Nobel Prize.
Short of world peace and cures for terrible diseases, what better mark of progress and
civilization could there be than the advent of ice cream in general and,
if I may say so, chocolate ice cream in particular?
Ice cream debuted in China 4000 years ago among the nobility in the form of a milk and
rice concoction packed in snow. Fruit ices and a form of sherbet followed.
In the Middle Ages travelers brought these treats back to Italy, where it was still a
dessert reserved for the upper crust.
Improved cheaper refrigeration techniques in the 16th century brought ice cream to the
masses, probably the most important dot on the timeline of history until the discovery
of antibiotics 400 years later.
Submitted by Yang Chu, Beijing, China
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