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A Short History of Ice Cream
Hello again! One of almost everybody’s favorite ways to cool down in the summer is of course, eating a cool treat like ice cream. But, do you know the history? The origins of ice cream go back to at least the 4th century B.C. The Roman emperor Nero (A.D. 37-68) ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings, and King Tang (A.D. 618-97) of Shang, China had a way of creating ice and milk dishes. It is thought that ice cream was most likely brought from China back to Europe. Over time, new recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices were developed and served in Italian and French royal courts. After it was imported to the U.S., Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson served it to their guests. So, as you can see, ice cream has been around for a long time! Two other interesting facts about ice cream are, “Soft cream” as it is known here in Japan was originally invented by British scientists. They found a way to double the air inside the ice cream which makes it much softer. And finally, Haagen-Dazs which was invented in 1960 by a guy named Ruben Mattus, actually has no real meaning at all. He chose the name because he thought it sounded Danish! When was the first time you tried ice cream? What’s your favorite flavour? Please talk to me about that the next time I see you!
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