To celebrate the smooth, creamy, refreshing treat of the summer, the National Today announced July as “Ice Cream Month.” The best part about a holiday is being able to celebrate! Couldn’t get any better, right? On the 3rd Sunday of July, the whole world will enjoy this tasty treat. To many of us, ice cream is something we crave for on a hot summer day. It is a staple for any beach family vacation or a stroll around a city in search of the best Instagram spot. But did you know ice cream is very different all around the world? Let’s learn more.
How Ice Cream Came to Be:
Ice cream originally comes from China. In 618-97AD the King Tang of Shang had a good take on ice-cream. There were 94 ice men working to make buffalo milk, flour, and camphor into a tasty treat. Later, in 200 BC Chinese mixed milk and rice. Then, they packed the mixture in the snow to freeze, thus resembling the ice cream we know today.
Europe Takes Over:
When Roman Emperors discovered the refreshing dessert, they sent slaves high into the mountains to bring the ice back. Then Romans flavored the ice and served to the high blood families in Rome, Ephesus, Carthage, Alexandria, and elsewhere.
Marco Polo Brings the Recipe to Medieval Europe in the Golden Age:
At the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo brought the recipe back from his trips to China. In the far-away land, ice-cream was a popular dish. He introduced ice cream to Italy. It spread over the high castes of Europe fairly soon and later was brought to the Americas.
Where to Go for the Best Ice Creams Around the World:
Before we get into the many types of ice cream, let’s start with the original type we all know and love. The best places to find your everyday ice cream? In Germany, the UK, Netherlands, and the US. Standard, yet incredible ice cream, must have at least 10% milkfat, and the base must not increase in volume by over 100% in the churning process. In Germany walking the streets in Munich or around Lake Garda typically serve ice cream with whipped cream, jam, and strawberry sauce. The Germans really know how to perfect this dessert.
Gelato – Italy
The magical cities of Verona, Sicily, and more not only offer so much culture and history, but also delicious Italian gelato. Stroll down the streets where Romeo and Juliet wrote their letters to each other, or enjoy watching the famous glass crafts being made while enjoying your tasty treat. Made from custard base just as the regular as ice cream, it is higher in milk and lower in cream and eggs, sometimes having no eggs added at all. You cannot visit Italy without having gelato at least once a day.
Cream Anmitsu – Japan
A dessert bowl of mochi, fresh fruit, Anko, cubes of agar, and chestnuts, is a traditional Japanese treat. When topped with a scoop of ice cream, you can find it in the streets of Tokyo as Cream Anmitsu.
Dondurma – Turkey
Battered Ice Cream, also known as Maraş ice cream, is a type of mistic ice cream distinctive to the Middle East region. Close to Syrian booza dessert, it is made out of cream, whipped cream, salep, mastic, and sugar.
Sorbetes – Philipines
Distinct from sorbet, the Philippino frozen dessert is made from coconut or ordinary milk, peddled by street hawkers. It is served in a small wafer or a bread bun.
Faloodeh – Iran
When tasting faloodeh (or paloodeh) for the first time, you will find it similar to a sorbet. It consists of thin starch noodles in a semi-frozen syrup containing sugar and rose water. When served, faloodeh is spritzed over with lime juice and sprinkled with ground pistachios.
I Tim Pad- Thailand
The thin rolled ice cream, also stir-fried ice cream, originates in South East Asia and is made on streets of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket. The ingredient list consists of liquid base, usually cow’s or soy milk, and comes in generic flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry.
Ais Kacang – Malaysia
Traditionally made from only shaved ice and red beans, the frozen dessert now comes with different ingredients, like attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, roasted peanuts, and cubes of agar.
Now that you know about the best places to try ice cream and its many similar types, be sure to let us know where you adventure to first. Never miss dessert.
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