Ice Cream Facts

A kind of ice cream was invented in China about 200 BC when a milk and rice mixture was frozen by packing it into snow.

Roman emperors are supposed to have sent slaves to mountain tops to bring back fresh snow which was then flavoured and served as an early form of ice cream.

The King of England, Charles I, is supposed to have offered his chef £500 a year to keep his ice cream recipe a secret from the rest of England.

A Syrian called Ernest E Hamwi is believed to have invented the ice cream cone. During the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, his waffle booth was next to an ice cream seller who ran short of dishes. Hamwi rolled a waffle to hold his ice cream and the cone was born.

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