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 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 Cheese?

Who Invented Cheese?

Who invented cheese? Earliest Use of Cheese Cheese has been around for so long, it’s impossible to know who invented the art of making it. It’s generally believed that cheese first appeared in the Middle East, perhaps as far back as 6,000 BC. Murals of ancient Egypt going back 2,000 BC show people making cheese and storing them in skin bags. These skin bags were made from animals’ stomachs. Most likely humans first discovered cheese when they stored milk in them for long journeys. The combination of enzymes in the skins, heat and motion caused the milk to curdle and break up. The result was a watery fermented liquid and edible curds of cheese. Cheese in Different Places There is plenty of evidence that various peoples in Europe and the Near East used cheese. The Cyclops are recorded to have made cheese in Homer’s Odyssey. In the Bible we find David ate cheese and gave them as presents to a military ally. The Jews were clearly producing cheese on a large scale since there was a Cheesemakers’ Valley at the time. Romans and Cheese Everyone knows that cheese is a major part of Italian cuisine. It’s not surprising since it was the ancient Romans who invented cheese as we know it today. They not only raised the bar when it comes cheese making. They also found out that changes in the environment and materials used affected the flavor of the cheese. Hence different kinds of cheeses were invented. The Romans took their cheese making art so seriously that the wealthy even had special areas in their homes dedicated to aging cheese. Many ancient writers have commented on the Romans and their expert curdling, including Aristotle, Homer and Varro. But...
Who Invented Cheerios?

Who Invented Cheerios?

Cheerios refers to a famous brand name or trademark of breakfast cereal available in the commercial market. In the United States, the brand name is produced as well as marketed by General Mills. However, in some countries like Great Britain, it is offered under the Nestle trademark of Cereal Partners. In order to promote the product, several advertisements were introduced by Cereal Partners and General Mills in the past decades. Some of the popular advertisements for the cereal are The Cheerios Kid in the mid 1950s, Just Cheeri-yodel in the 1970s and The Peanuts Gang in the 1980s. To know more about this merchandise, it is best to identify the person behind the creation of Cheerios. History of the Product Who invented Cheerios? General Mills employee Lester Borchadt has the credit for the creation of the breakfast cereal. The product was created in 1941 and it was introduced to the public as Cheeri Oats. General Mills received complaints from another firm that used the same brand name. To resolve the issue, the company decided to change the name of the merchandise to Cheerios in 1945. At the time that the merchandise was offered to the public, many consumers became interested with the product because it is the original ready-to-eat oat breakfast. Cheerios was first offered to the consumers at Golden Valley in Minnesota. To improve the sales from the product, the firm introduced a mascot of a cartoon character named Cheeri O’Leary. Additional Information and Other Important Details The product became an instant hit when it was released in the international market. In Ireland and England, Cheerios has four oat colors as well as five grains, namely rice, wheat, barley, oat and maize. To improve the sales of General...
Who Invented Gingerbread Men?

Who Invented Gingerbread Men?...

One can say that the person who invented gingerbread men actually influenced a lasting love of many people towards sweet stuff and biscuit or cookie moulds. The Legend of the Gingerbread Men Many say that it was Queen Elizabeth I who invented gingerbread men. This respected queen of England was said to have the first gingerbread men made into the image of the queen’s courtiers. This was done as such so it could serve as small gifts to be given to them. Some say that this is merely a myth. Others say it is reality. Other Interesting Notes on Gingerbread Men After that first batch of delicious gingerbread men, it was said that the English went to America and brought ginger with them to the USA colonies. And, perhaps, you can say that this delicious sweet treat spread throughout the land. There were even some accounts that mentioned the use of ginger cookies as a means of persuasion to voters in Virginia. This was given to the people so they, in turn, would elect the candidates that would be working in the House of Burgesses. Perhaps, because the use of gingerbread men became more famous, the brothers Grimm soon wrote the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, which modernized the use of gingerbread. This story was written and published during the 19th century. Pertinent Information to Bear in Mind There are a few things to learn if you’re going to think of making gingerbread men. The term “ginger” is actually taken from the Sanskrit word “srngaveram” meaning “horn root.” In the olden days, particularly, in Medieval England, the term gingerbread came from the Old French word “gingebras” which, in turn, was taken from the Latin term “zingebar.” Gingerbread meant “preserved...
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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