Today is the anniversary of the first commercially produced Ice cream in the US in New York City in 1783.
Ice cream had been sold in ice cream parlors in New York since 1776. George Washington is said to have spent $200 on ice cream ($4500 in current money) in the summer of 1790. That was a lot of ice cream! Thomas Jefferson had an 18 step recipe for an ice cream dessert similar to a baked Alaska. By 1800, insulated ice houses were invented, so that ice cream could be stored and sold to the masses. In 1945, the Navy provided a barge in the western Pacific that produced 5400 gallons of ice cream an hour for sailors.
I love ice cream. We don’t make our own, although we have an electric ice cream churn. I see that our strawberry bed is flourishing, and perhaps there is some strawberry ice cream, or at least strawberries to put on top of ice cream, by the end of the month.
What is your favorite ice cream treat? Tell about ice cream from your childhood. (Gelato, Froyo, and Sherbet count here, too).