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  • Consumers still scream for ice cream.

  • Ice cream - a brief history.

  • The origin of ice cream dates all the way back to second century B.C.

  • No specific date or inventor is marked with its origin.

  • What we do know?

  • 323 to 356 B.C., Alexander the Great enjoys snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar.

  • A.D. 54 to 86 during the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar frequently sends runners into the mountains for snow.

  • Then flavoring it with fruits and juices.

  • 1,500 to 1,600 C.E., Marco Polo returns from China with a recipe similar to sherbet

  • 1700, "cream ice" appears regularly at the table of Charles I.

  • 1744, the first official account of ice cream in the new world in a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland governor - William Bladen.

  • May 12th, 1777, first ad for ice cream appears in the New York Gazette.

  • 1800s, manufacturing ice cream becomes an industry in America due to technological advances.

  • 1874, the American soda fountain shop and profession of the soda jerk emerges with the invention of the ice cream soda.

  • 1896, the first ice cream cone is produced credited to Italo Marchiony.

  • 1897, Alfred Cralle patents the ice cream scoop.

  • 1890s, religious criticism for eating "sinfully" rich ice cream sodas on Sunday

  • spurs the creation of the "Sunday"

  • with elimination of carbonated water, later changed to sundae.

  • 1946, America celebrates its World War Two victory

  • with ice cream consuming over 20 quarts per person.

  • 1984, President Ronald Reagan designates July as National Ice Cream Month,

  • and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

  • 21st century, ice cream history is still in the making with new flavors and concoctions developed on a continuous basis.

  • For more on ice cream, watch part 2 - Ice Cream Today.

  • Visit the "Let's chat snacks" blog for more industry trends and insights

Consumers still scream for ice cream.

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