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I is for Ice Cream

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I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for ICE CREAM!

                    ice cream cone multi

Iced desserts have been around for thousands of years –  around 400 BCE in the Persian empire, the people mixed mountain snow with saffron, grapes, and rosewater, for a royal treat. Later the Roman Emperor Nero had ice brought down from the mountains and mixed with fruit.

By the 10th century, the Arabs had created a version using dairy products (milk, cream, and yogurt) sweetened with sugar and blended with fruits, nuts, and rosewater.

arabic ice cream [173x131]     sicily [339x161]

The Chinese also had frozen dessert, but the claim that Marco Polo imported the concept from China upon his return to Italy  is apocryphal (just like the story of pasta). Long before Marco Polo set out for China, the Arabs had invaded Sicily and introduced ice cream (as well as sugar, dried pasta, rice, saffron, and raisins) to the region.

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