The earliest evidence of "ice cream" was in China during the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D) it was made using milk from buffalos, cows and goats, the milk was heated and allowed to ferment. It was mixed with flour and camphor to add thickness and flavour. Then it was frozen in a mixture of ice and salt.
This practise didnt reach Europe until 1503, when it arrived in Italy but wasnt used as food instead it became a party trick for chemists and alchemists until in 1664 in Naples where it was made with sweetened milk.
Ice cream eventually landed in Britain in 1671 where it was served to King Charles II with white strawberries, a rare and exotic delicacy. After this demand for ice cream grew amongst the wealthy, knowing how to make it would make you very rich, hence why no formal recipe was seen until 1781.
In 1843 the manufacturing of ice cream was simplified as wooden ice cream machines were introduced. Ice began to be imported from Scandinavian countries, Canada and North America.
However it wasnt until the beginning of the 20th Century and the introduction of gas and electric powered fridges that ice cream started to become what it is today. Ice cream could now be stored and transported. It quickly became a mass market product with new flavours and ideas being introduced.
In the UK we eat on average 9 litres of ice cream per person each year. Last year as a nation we consumed 333 million litres. Its a sure fire seasonal winner. So make sure you stock up. As its National Ice cream month were rolling out some incredible deals on ice creams to help independent retailers get ahead of the summer rush. You can get a free case of 25xsingle Solero Exotic when you buy a case of each:
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