History of Ice Cream

June 5th, 2015

National Ice Cream Day is quickly approaching. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this amazing holiday, this year it will be celebrated on July 19. So what is the story behind this holiday of sweet and creamy delight? We’re here to answer all of your ice-cream related questions.

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How did this Celebration begin?

It all started in 1984, where President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that the third Sunday of June would be National Ice Cream Day and the month of July would be Ice Cream Month. This was Presidential Proclamation 5219, and was only intended to last for that year. However, the holiday continues today, and for excellent reasons. While it may be higher in sugar, ice cream actually has more protein than other sweet treats. Additionally, because the base ingredients include milk, this treat is high in calcium and other essential nutrients.

Where was ice cream first created?

With ice cream being such a popular treat in the United States, Americans consume more ice cream in a year than all other countries combined. However, the origins of ice cream are still unknown. We do know that the ice cream cone has multiple creators seeking the notoriety for their invention.

France is the first place that has been sighted to have this treat, made with cream, available to the public in 1660. Stories popular in France suggest that Marko Polo brought the recipe back from China.


Where did Americans get their ice cream?

In America, our first ice cream parlor opened in 1776. Supposedly George Washington was such a fan of the treat that he would have spent about $3741 of equivalent currency in just one summer. Nancy Johnson is credited with creating the first ice cream machine and sold her patent for $200 dollars. In the first year alone the buyer of the item was able to earn $2,800.

Where did the term “Ice Cream Sundae” originate?

During the Victorian period, drinking soda water was considered impolite in some communities and was banned from sale on Sunday’s. An enterprising pharmacist in Evanston, Illinois reportedly concocted a legal Sunday alternative containing ice cream and syrup, but no soda. To show respect for the Sabbath, he later changed the spelling of his treat to ‘sundae.’

Enjoy Your Ice Cream!

Stop in at Mitchell’s Chicago during our summer hours to enjoy some of our favorite treats. We can’t wait to see you!

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