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The Cold Hard Facts About Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love a scoop of refreshing ice cream on a steamy hot day? We all enjoy it, but have you ever wondered about its history? Ice cream’s origins have been traced back to several different countries, including China, Italy, and France. However, several hundred years ago, America adopted the English version of ice cream as it’s preference over water ice, or the egg-based varieties that are more popular in Europe. And this English version remains the most-loved variety in the U.S. to this day!
As far as flavors are concerned, there have been countless throughout history that emerged as front runners, but vanilla has generally proven to be the favorite of sweet-toothed Americans through the ages. Not surprisingly, chocolate is usually a close runner-up! Since ice cream’s inception, people have used fruits, nuts, spices, honey, tea, coffee, and even edible flowers to enhance the taste of the sweet cream base. Americans are known for their inventiveness, and more recently, unconventional ingredients such as bacon, fennel, tomato, popcorn, or even chicken skin have shown up in some rather ingenious, though possibly not delicious, recipes.
Speaking of inventive, ever out to expand one’s product line, ice cream shops came up with various ways to market ice cream by adding toppings, or mixing it with another ingredient. For example, in the late nineteenth century, ice cream floats, as well as sundaes were created for the more adventurous ice cream consumer to enjoy. And to make ice cream portable, cones were concocted in the early 20th century.
Back to the toppings. Is there really any topping that isn’t acceptable these days? Of course there are the old standbys, like sprinkles, that the Dutch invented in the 1930s. Other toppings include chocolate chips, marshmallows, hot fudge sauce, fruit, nuts, maraschino cherries, pretzels, and whipped cream. Some people love them, and others are purists who prefer ice cream to stand alone in all it’s sweet, luscious glory.
At the Creamery, we use fresh, local ingredients to make our special ice cream recipes! There are seasonal offerings as well as year-round flavors available to treat your taste buds. Our current selection includes Black Raspberry, Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan, Strawberry, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Oreo, Coffee, Snickers, Coconut, Peanut Butter, Fudge Swirl, Cherry Vanilla and Sweet Cream & Nuts. Enjoy a scoop as a treat, or for dessert after a delicious meal from our deli!!