5 interesting facts about ice-cream


How many times on the beach you wanted to enjoy a delicious and refreshing ice-cream? Certainly, the ice-cream is now a familiar food, prepared and appreciated in the Belpaese and around the world, but perhaps not everyone knows that ice-cream is actually one of the many creations Made in Italy.

Of course, ice-cream has not always been as we know it no. In fact, Greeks used to prepare their soft drinks with lemon and pomegranate juice, honey and ice or snow. However, although along centuries, lot of people have experienced with frozen milk, the true ancestor of modern ice-cream is actually Sicily.

All thanks to the Arabs, which in the ninth century brought sugar cane with a special method for preparing water-based infusions with sugar, herbs and spices that were later frozen in containers filled with salt and ice.

In fact, this tradition was imported into Sicily, and it was here that in 1686 the chef Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli prepared the first mixture that we know as ice-cream. After many failures and improvements, he went to Paris, where he discovered the use of sugar instead of honey and salt mixture with ice to prolong its life, suddenly becoming famous for his great invention. Although the origin of the Italian ice-cream is mostly recognized around the world, many of  it qualities and curiosities are still unknown.

Today, Italian Traditions brings you five curiosities of this Italian excellence:


  1. Sore throat is a good excuse to enjoy an ice-cream, it is shown that cold helps to relieve the pain. 

  2. Ice-cream is a real food, in fact, contains all the components of a balanced meal: water, sugar, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins. Thus, a homemade ice-cream can be substituted for a quick meal since the amount of calories and energy are suitable to be used in a short period of time (perfect for athletes and for those who work).

  3. The snow that was used in ancient Rome for preparing what is considered the ancestor of ice-cream. Brought from the capital of Terminillo, Etna and Vesuvius, some various supply points were along the ancient roads.

  4. The biscuit ice-cream sandwich  was invented in Paris in 1803 by Alessandro at Cafe Tortoni Napolitaine, attended by personalities like Napoleon or Voltaire. He also invented the tranche napolitaine, a three layers ice-cream usually sliced ​​it.

  5. Does anyone remember the "ice-cream carts"? Maybe not, but just a few years ago when the ice-cream was not common, ice-cream hawkers were numerous. The firsts one appeared in the mid-nineteenth century in Belluno: that because of the economic crisis, brought the Italian ice-cream in the capitals of Europe.


Crowned by a crispy waffle or nestled on a golden and crumbly cone, embellished with a fluffy cloud of whipped cream or delicious chocolate drops, discover the soft and fresh taste of the summer king. Read the IT5 of the week.