Ice Cream Facts this Summer!

Some unknown Ice Cream Facts this Summer for a brain freeze!

1. The first known ice cream recipe was handwritten in the recipe book of Lady Anne Fanshawe in 1665, and it was flavored with orange flower water, mace, or ambergris – intestinal slurry puked up by sperm whales.

Ice Cream Letter

2. The waffle cone was created at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis when Abe Doumar, a traveling salesman, encouraged an ice cream vendor to serve their ice cream on rolled waffles made by another nearby vendor when they ran out of paper dishes.

cone ice cream

3. Chocolate ice cream was invented long before vanilla, and the first documented recipe for it appeared in the book The Modern Steward, published in Italy in 1692.

Chocolate Ice Cream

The dish was based on hot chocolate, and was commonly mixed with spices like cinnamon and chili pepper, like what is known as “Mexican chocolate” today.

4. Vanilla ice cream may be the default flavor today, but it was quite exotic and rare in the late 1700s, as vanilla was difficult to acquire before the mid-19th century.

Vanilla Ice Cream

5. The Häagen-Dazs brand was established by two Americans – Reuben and Rose Mattus – and the name was made up to sound Danish and sophisticated. The Danish language does not actually use umlauts.

Haagen Dazs

6. Food photographers frequently use modified mashed potatoes as a stand-in for actual ice cream in photos.

mashed potatoes

7. An “ice cream headache” happens because the nerve endings on the roof of your mouth are not used to being cold, and they send a message to your brain signalling a loss of body heat.

Brain Freeze

As a result, blood vessels in your brain contract, and when they return to their normal size, the blood in your head rushes back. This is what causes the feeling of a headache.

8. Apple pie a la mode was invented at the Cambridge Hotel in New York when a customer named Professor Charles Watson Townshend regularly ordered ice cream with his apple pie. Another diner, Berry Hall, coined the dish’s name.

Apple PIe & Ice Cream
Via Flickr: dinnerseries

9. The sundae was invented when soda jerks in the late 1890s bowed to criticism from religious leaders for serving “sinfully” rich ice cream sodas on Sundays. They started serving the ice cream and syrups without soda water and called it a “sundae.”


10. Professional ice cream taste-testers use special gold spoons which allow the tester to taste the product with virtually no trace of flavor left over from what was last on the spoon.

Golden Ice Cream Spoon

11. The earliest versions of Neapolitan ice cream were made of green pistachio, white vanilla, and red cherry ice cream and was made to resemble the Italian flag.

Neapolitan Ice Cream

That’s called spumoni now. “Neapolitan” ice cream shifted to vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry in the United States because those were the three most popular flavors in the market.