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The Scoop on Ice Cream Through the Ages

July 23, 2015

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As the Summer heats up, we all need something to help us chill and there is nothing better than some delicious cold ice cream. July 23rd is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! To celebrate, let's take a look back at The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids for a timeline history lesson on ice cream through the ages.



A.D. 56-68: Roman emperor Nero is believed to have sent slaves into the mountains to fetch snow to mix with fruit and honey.

1744: For the first time on record, American colonists dine on strawberries and ice cream in Annapolis, Maryland.

1782-1817: American presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison treat guests to ice cream at inaugurals and special dinners.

1860: Most towns have an ice cream parlor or saloon. Vanilla is the most popular flavor.

1870s: Ice cream makers offer many flavors, including chocolate, tutti-frutti, rice, cinnamon - even asparagus.

1878: The first mechanical ice cream scoop is patented.

1880s: The ice cream sundae, probably named for the day of the week and costing five cents, becomes popular.

1890: A concoction made with sweetened milk, carbonated water, and a raw egg, called a milk shake, becomes popular with men.

1899: Hokeypokey vendors in New York City start selling ice cream sandwiches for two or three cents.

1904: Ernest A. Hamwi makes and serves the first ice cream cone, at the St. Louis World’s Fair.

1920: Harry B. Burt of Youngstown, Ohio, makes the first ice cream on a stick. Christian Nelson in Onawa, Iowa, invents the chocolate-dipped Temptation I-Scream Bar. His advertising slogan becomes, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for the I-Scream Bar.”

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