The name „Ice Cream“ has derived from the phrase "Iced Cream" that was similar to "Iced Tea". The name was later abbreviated to "ice cream" the name we know today.
The meaning of the term ice cream varies from one country to another. Terms like frozen custard, frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles.
Ice cream is a frozen dessert made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours.
Ice cream can be mass-produced and thus is widely available in developed parts of the world. It can be purchased in large cartons from supermarkets and grocery stores, in smaller quantities from ice cream shops, convenience stores and in individual servings from small carts or vans.
In Turkey and Australia, ice cream is sometimes sold to beach-goers from small powerboats equipped with chest freezers.
Some ice cream distributors sell ice cream products from traveling refrigerated vans or carts – in the US called "ice cream trucks", sometimes equipped with speakers playing children's music. Ice cream vans in the United Kingdom make a music box noise rather than actual music.
Ice cream can be called Ice Cream if containing the following composition:
Ancient civilizations have served ice for cold foods for thousands of years. Frozen mixture of milk and rice was used in China around 200 BC.
The origins of ice cream can be traced back to at least the 4th century B.C. Early references include the Roman emperor Nero (A.D. 37-68) who ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings. King Tang (A.D. 618-97) of Shang, China had a method of creating ice and milk concoctions. Ice cream was likely brought from China back to Europe.
As early as the 10th century, ice cream was widespread amongst many of the Arab world's major cities, such as Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo. Their version of ice cream was produced from milk or cream and often some yoghurt similar to Ancient Greek recipes, flavoured with rosewater as well as dried fruits and nuts.
At about the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo returned from a voyage to China. With him he brought recipes for types of ice milk. It still wasn't ice cream, but very popular for a long time.
Soon, Italian chefs were creating frozen feasts and dishes made with water, milk, and cream. When Catherine de Medici married Harry II, she brought her chefs to Paris to make gelatin - Italian for ice cream. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices evolved and served in the fashionable Italian and French royal courts.
In the sixteenth century, the Mughal emperors used relays of horsemen to bring ice from the Hindu Kush to Delhi, where it was used in fruit sorbets.
A legend says that Charles I of England was supposedly so impressed by the "frozen snow", he offered his personal ice cream maker a lifetime pension in return for keeping the formula secret, so ice cream could be a royal prerogative.
But fact is that for many years throughout Europe, frozen desserts remained the dishes of royalty and people of great wealth.
In the 1670's commoners finally got a chance to try the elite treat! A Sicilian named Collitle introduced ice cream to the patrons of his cafe. Ice cream parlors soon began to spring up around Europe. New combinations of fruit, nuts, and flavors to add to the ice cream were soon to be tried.
The first step towards giving us the kind of ice cream we enjoy today was made by Nancy Johnson (USA) who invented the hand-crank freezer in 1846.
Hence, from about 1850 onwards ice cream became a real treat for 'ordinary people'; in the UK it was the love of ice cream amongst Italian immigrants that sparked a new level of interest in the food.
In the 1920s Clarence Vogt produced the first continuous process freezer which opened up the possibility for commercial ice cream manufacture. The 1930s saw a big rise in popularity for ice cream as it became more widely available and in different flavours.
The key ingredients to delicious homemade ice cream are cream, milk, sugar, eggs and whatever you choose for flavoring (eg. fruit, brown bread, wine, etc). Even then you can choose from custard or cream base recipes (using cream, milk, eggs and sugar) to quicker recipes (omitting the eggs and sugar) to gelato (italian ice cream) to sorbets (water ices).
What a thought.... delicious ice cream in just 20-40 minutes! You can create exciting, colorful variations, textures and flavors when you have your own ice cream maker. Impress the kids as well as your friends at parties and summer barbecues. A machine to take pride of place in your kitchen.
With an automatic ice cream maker, you can enjoy homemade ice cream quickly and easily.
Some more expensive models have an inbuilt freezing element. Some ice cream recipes call for making a custard, folding in whipped cream, and immediately freezing the mixture.
An ice cream maker must freeze the mixture, and must simultaneously stir or churn it to prevent the formation of ice crystals and aerate it to produce smooth and creamy ice cream. Most ice creams are ready to eat immediately, but some, especially those containing alcohol, must be chilled further in a freezer to attain a sufficiently firm consistency.
Some machines, such as certain low-priced counter-top models, require that the resulting mixture be frozen an extra four hours or more (or overnight), depending on the recipe, in order for the ice cream to harden to a desired consistency.
Place the freezer bowl in the freezer a full 24 hours before you plan to make the ice cream. Also, allow enough time for the custard to chill before you plan to make the ice cream, which could take several hours.
This is where ice cream gets really interesting! Ice cream toppings can make any flavour of ice cream even more delicious. When these toppings are poured on ice cream they freeze right on the ice cream and create a hard chocolate candy coating. The coating breaks easily with a spoon and adds a crispy chocolate flavor to ice cream. There so many ideas to choose from!
Whipped cream, nuts, small candies and sprinkles make easy ice cream toppings for any flavors of ice cream.