The First Ice Cream

November 25, 2012 in Trivia

Boy Eats Ice CreamQ: When was the first ice cream made?

A: Flavored ice and snow confections extend back in recorded history as early as the Ancient Egyptian and Persian Empires. However, true ice cream first appeared on the gratification scene in 1686 as a treat of royal occasion for James II of England and his officers. Twelve dishes at £1 were recorded in the accounts of the Lord Steward’s Department for the camp at Hounslaw Heath.

Mrs. Mary Eales published a recipe for ice cream in 1718 in England:

“Take Tin Ice-Pots, fill them with any Sort of Cream you like, either plain or sweeten’d, or Fruit in it; shut your Pots very close; to six Pots you must allow eighteen or twenty Pound of Ice, breaking the Ice very small; there will be some great Pieces, which lay at the Bottom and Top: You must have a Pail, and lay some Straw at the Bottom; then lay in your Ice, and put in amongst it a Pound of Bay-Salt; set in your Pots of Cream, and 93 lay Ice and Salt between every Pot, that they may not touch; but the Ice must lie round them on every Side; lay a good deal of Ice on the Top, cover the Pail with Straw, set it in a Cellar where no Sun or Light comes, it will be froze in four Hours, but it may stand longer; then take it out just as you use it; hold it in your Hand and it will slip out. When you wou’d freeze any Sort of Fruit, either Cherries, Rasberries, Currants, or Strawberries, fill your Tin-Pots with the Fruit, but as hollow as you can; put to them Lemmonade, made with Spring-Water and Lemmon-Juice sweeten’d; put enough in the Pots to make the Fruit hang together, and put them in Ice as you do Cream.”

The earliest reference to ice cream in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1744.