The Evolution of Ice Cream


It’s the onset of summer in many parts of the world, especially in Asia, where most of the tropical countries experience full blown hot and at times humid summers. Summer brings the Sun, the shine, the heat, which can be pretty unbearable at times. For instance temperatures can soar as high as 47 to 50 degree Celsius in several parts of India.

This calls for various measures one can take to beat the heat. Be it staying indoors at the peak hours of noon, cold showers, air conditioning and consuming foods which act as natural coolant for the body. Speaking of coolant, one of the most popular delicacies around the world, Ice Cream. The roots of ice cream can be traced back to as early as 5th century BC, when the ancient Greeks used to eat snow mixed with honey and fruits in Athens.


Throughout its history, ice cream has seen many variations with each civilization. Ice cream was used with fruits, sorbet, rose water, vermicelli etc.; one ingredient that always remained constant was ice. Basically, its ability to be cold and chilly and provide a delicacy that was not only delicious to consume, but soothed you as well, especially during the summers.

The very early modern version of ice cream was quite tedious to make as there was no refrigeration and the ice had to be stored from winter itself. So popular, that it was turned into a business by Frederic Tudor of Boston, who turned ice harvesting into a business and shipped it to different parts of the world. Early ice cream was required to be made in a large bowl filled with ice and salt, using hands.

Some interesting trivia regarding Ice Cream:

  • 1700s – Ice cream first introduced in America, only available to the affluent.
  • 1776 – The very first ice cream parlour opens its doors in New York.
  • 1840s & 1851 – Ice cream churn is invented and first commercial ice cream plant opened.
  • 1880s & 1904 – First Sundae is made and the Waffle Cone is introduced.
  • 1929 – Other than Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate, a new flavour is made available to masses called Rocky Road.
  • 1984 – July is declared as the National Ice Cream Month in USA.

Since then, we’ve come a long way. In the current age, it’s hard to keep a track of the many ice cream brands that exist simply because of the vastness in the number of manufacturers. Today, ice cream is a multi-billion dollar industry along with frozen desserts. Some of the most prominent players in the business are Nestle, Lotte, Blue Bells, Mars Incorporated, India’s own Amul etc. The consumption of these frozen delicacies is always going to be there and be on the rise as ice cream is also a comfort food to many.