DID YOU KNOW: The origin of creamy ice cream?
Imagine a stringy, elastic, and chewy ice cream – a bit like mozzarella? As one story goes, that was the original ice cream when it was invented in the Middle East in the 16th century. The 500-year-old technique has been rediscovered by an ice cream shop in New York that serves elastic ice cream in a wide range of innovative flavours. Unusual consistency has made this “original” ice cream a big Insta-hit.
Another common myth is Italian traveller Marco Polo bringing back an ice cream recipe after travelling far east. The myth has been widely refuted but the fact remains that different Italian chefs experimented with ice cream recipes. Slowly it became softer, creamier, and resembled the ice cream we love today.
Next step likely happened in Florence where one farmer presented a homemade dessert from ice, fruit, and sugar to Caterina de Medici. She enjoyed it so much that she took him to her wedding in France, so he could make it for the wedding guests.
Today, ice cream is everything from old-fashioned homemade recipes, frozen cream with berries or chocolate pieces, famous rainbow ice cream and more. New ice cream variations with cake, cookies, toppings, and other fun combinations are being developed all the time. Ice cream is an adventure we associate with fun and indulgence on a hot summer day.
A novelty ice cream from the ’80’ties – the Wofler – is still popular in Denmark. Large crispy waffle cone filled with nougat and pineapple ice cream and sprinkled with hazelnuts, chocolate pieces and caramelized almonds. They call it a living legend!