The History of Ice Cream

Wilmington NC ice cream vendorPrior to the invention of ice cream originally there were ices. Ices were first made for only wealthy people who were able to have an ice house where large blocks of ice would be stored. The first ices were water ices and appeared in France and Spain in the early 1660s. The first record we have of ices being served in England was at Windsor Castle in 1671. As more ice houses were built on the English Country Estates ices became popular and were often served at upper-class dinners. Early versions would have been made with cream, sugar and fruit and possibly flavorings, from the middle of the 18th century egg yokes were added which would have given a richer, smoother flavor.

During the second half of the 19th century ice cream finally became available to the masses and was sold by street vendors. The ‘penny lick’ was served in a small glass and these glasses. These glasses were wiped clean and re-used and were finally outlawed in 1926 as they were thought to spread diseases. Around the end of the 19th century edible cones were invented and the ice cream as we know it was born. The first mobile ice cream vans appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. The Walls ice cream tricycle was first seen in 1923 using the famous slogan ‘Stop Me and Buy One’. These were seen all over the country until after World War II when freezers began to appear in the shops. The 1950s and 1960s saw the introduction of the ice cream van and the parlor.

Time sure has changed things and the world of ice cream is no exception. Today anyone can be a Wilmington NC ice cream vendor. You’ll find the vast and varied menu of products offered by Chilly Treats makes being a Wilmington NC ice cream vendor easy as well as fun.