Who Invented Ice Cream?

Who Invented Ice Cream?

When the weather is hot and humid, it is natural for you to develop a liking for cold drinks and foods like ice cream. Whether taken in a cone or a glass, ice cream is absolutely enjoyable at any time of the day and at any occasion. You can even opt to choose from the different flavors and brands available in the market. With all these things that make ice cream highly favorable to most, have you ever wondered who invented ice cream and started it all? Early References – the Blurry and the Presumed Original Accounts The early makings of ice cream are said to be during the 4th century B.C. But there were also accounts that icehouses existed around 2,000 B.C. and have been used by Mesopotamians to store food. So, were the Mesopotamians the ones who invented ice cream? Who can tell when early similarities can also be traced back then to some Egyptian pharaohs who ordered ice during hot seasons in their places? Truly, the real accounts on where ice cream started may seem hazy. But there are other points in history that had given us a glimpse of how ice cream began. According to history, during the 37 to 68th century A.D., Nero ate a similar sweet ice cream concoction. During Nero’s time, ice was transported to Rome from the mountains to be used for making this sweet dish. The ice was mixed with fruit toppings, and was a favorite dessert in those times. In 618 to 97 A.D., King Tang of China also had a similar method using ice. They made their own ice and milk concoctions – that may be likened to the present-day sherbets. Because of this, the Chinese were believed...
Who Invented Coca Cola?

Who Invented Coca Cola?

As one of the most highly recognized soft drink brands in the world today, many people love Coca Cola because of its sweet fine taste and refreshingly nice flavor. Introduced since 1886, this product is manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company. Today, it comes in different enticing varieties including Coca-Cola Vanilla, Coca-Cola Zero and Diet Coke. In order to know more about this great product, it is good to learn its history including information on the person who invented Coca Cola. The Invention of Coca Cola Who invented Coca Cola? Released in 1886, the recipe for this highly popular soft drink was invented by John Pemberton some time in 1885. Its original name was Pemberton’s French Wine Coca, which was basically an alcoholic beverage made up of cocaine and wine. At first, the intended purpose for developing such product was to treat different kinds of illnesses including impotence, headache as well as neurasthenia. Likewise, it was also used to cure other diseases such as dyspepsia and morphine addiction. Additional Facts and Other Important Information The invention of Coca-Cola started out when Pemberton was working as a chemist and druggist in Columbus, Georgia. In his quest to produce a coca wine, he combined damiana, kola nut and coca, and later on called the mixture Pemberton’s French Wine Coca. Because of the temperance legislation that was implemented in Fulton County and Atlanta some time in 1885, he decided to create a non-alcoholic variant of the original mixture. Frank Mason Robinson, who was then a significant marketer of the product during those times, coined the name Coca-Cola. Pemberton advertised his product as invigorating, exhilarating, refreshing and delicious. Furthermore, he claimed that it brought different health benefits to drinkers. He said that this formula...
Who Invented Wine?

Who Invented Wine?

Who invented wine? Origin of Wine Wine is a fermented drink, usually made from grapes. It is thought by scholars that it originated in 6,000-3,000 BC between the Nile and the Persian Gulf, in the territories of modern Iran and Georgia. How exactly man invented wine is unknown. But it may have happened by accident when wild yeast fermented the grapes that men stored as food. What is certain is man has known about wine making for a long time. Wall paintings and other archeological evidence prove it. An interesting Persian tale explains the invention of wine as follows: A melancholy princess had a falling out with her father, the king. She tried to kill herself by drinking what she thought was spoiled grape juice. The drink knocked her unconscious, but it didn’t kill her. When the princess woke up, she was in a much happier mood. She resumed drinking the same grape juice and was so amiable that she and her father soon made up. Regardless of the truth of this story, the Persians did make excellent wine. Some of the best varieties of grape today are thought to have evolved from Persia. Over time wine spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe via trade. The Egyptians imported their grapes from the Phoenicians. They learned to raise white grapes in the fertile region of the Nile delta. The kind of grape used was most likely a white grape called Muscat native to Alexandria. Europe probably got their first taste of wine through the Phoenicians as well. The Phoenicians were a nation of sea-traveling merchants. They helped spread the knowledge of wine making across the Mediterranean and Europe, especially Greece and Rome. Wine played a very special part in religious...
Who Invented Mayonnaise?

Who Invented Mayonnaise?...

Can you guess who invented mayonnaise? Do you think that just like other inventions of the past, the real creator of mayonnaise is not known in history? Fortunately, there are certain traces that can be seen from the past that details who invented mayonnaise. However, there is no known name but just a reference on the inventor’s trade or manner of living before. French Beginnings It was in the year 1756 when the chef of Duke de Richelieu in France invented mayonnaise. Actually, it was one of those instantaneous and marvelous accidents of the past that helped in the invention of mayonnaise. During the siege of Mahon (which is the capital of Minorca), there was a shortage of food supplies. That was why the chef thought of whipping eggs and oil together without adding any seasoning. This dressing was served to a dinner party hosted by Duke de Richelieu. Mayonnaise got its name after a battle was won against the British people in Port Mahon. The word Mayonnaise was named after Mahon. Ready-Made and Ready-to-Eat In the year 1905, Richard Hellman sold the first known ready-made mayonnaise. This was sold at Hellman’s New York deli. And it may be inferred that mayonnaise became more available to people who were developing a taste for the product. The recipe that was used was actually made by Hellman’s wife, and was initially sold in open wooden boats. In 1912, Hellman thought of selling mayonnaise in large glass bottles. It was easier to sell and was then marketed at a large rate. This product was then called as “Hellman’s Blue Ribbon Mayonnaise.” It received instant popularity, and is still popular today since Best Foods now owns the rights of this product. Other Popular...
Who Invented the Chinese Egg Roll?

Who Invented the Chinese Egg Roll?...

Chinese egg rolls have long been enjoyed on family dinner tables the world over and a favorite recipe in Asia. Despite being called Chinese, many still wonder where this dish originally came from and who invented the Chinese egg roll. Asian Origin Countless varieties of egg roll recipes are well known in Asian home kitchens and restaurants. They are stuffed with different fillings from ground pork or beef to assorted chopped veggies and seafood. But most of them are called Chinese rolls no matter if they originated someplace else in Asia. Thus, some culinary people are sure, it was an Asian who invented the Chinese egg roll. And probably the Chinese egg roll inventor was a Chinese. Like most Asian and Chinese cuisines, the original creator of the egg roll is unknown. No specific name has been mentioned. And anyway, it’s possible that is was not originated from China. Similarly, a lot of so-called Chinese noodle recipes are unheard of anywhere in China. So, just because a dish has “Chinese” included in its name doesn’t always follow that it was first cooked by a Chinese. Many cuisine experts are reluctant to say that a Chinese was who invented the Chinese egg roll. Who knows, the Chinese egg roll inventor may have been a German? Cantonese Origin Being often deep fried, most people, especially gourmet people, claim that the dish is Cantonese. Southern Chinese cooking, like Cantonese recipes, are mostly deep fried. Hence, there’s a strong possibility that a Cantonese or a Southern Chinese was who invented the Chinese egg roll. However, there are some Chinese egg roll recipes in Asia that use raw veggies and roll wrappers. So there are variants that are not deep-fried. Other Possible Origins Egg...
Who Invented Candy?

Who Invented Candy?

Because there are many types of candy, no one person can be singled out as the inventor. Scholars studying the history of candy are also in disagreement as to when and where it originated. The Earliest Candies The word candy came from the Persian word qandi. However the candy is much older than the Persians. Remember that candy refers to any confection combined with sugar, honey or other sweets. Using this definition, the earliest candies can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Archeologists have uncovered 2,000 year old papyri depicting candies. These illustrations show the sweets made from honey and other ingredients. These were usually heated and cooked in ovens. The Romans and Chinese ate barley sugar candies. Experts on the history of candy state that the Romans, Greeks and Chinese indulged in it along with sesame seeds. During the Middle Ages, sugar candies became quite popular. The candy was categorized as a drug though and sold as such. Candies were also exclusively for the rich as the price of sugar was very high. Aside from sugar, candy was also made by combining sugar and honey with nuts. Fruit candies were made by combining fruits with sugar and sweets. In 1519, cacao was invented in Mexico. Cacao was uncovered by the Spaniards in the country and brought it back to Europe. 1700 to 1800s The history of candy and its development really took off in the 1700s. The cost of sugar went down and machinery was becoming commonplace. These twin developments made it easier to mass manufacture the confection. Such was the popularity of candies that there were hundreds of factories in the US by the 1850s. In 1854, Whitman’s chocolate came out and in 1880, the candy corn...
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