Thursday, August 27, 2009

Let's All Scream as a Team for Ice Cream part 2

Here we have an unusual combination of peach and almond but I can't figure out why the ice cream looks so dark, but it is one I would surely try...would you?...

Here is something that we had in Germany (Bamberg) when my late beloved hubby Mario, was stationed there. It is spaghetti ice cream, but it looked even more realistic where we had it. They strain vanilla ice cream through a ricer and then top it with strawberry juice and sometimes put some finely chopped coconut on top to look like Parmesan cheese on top of the 'sauce'...

Now Michael would LOVE to get his hands on this is his favorite, dulce de leche all over a vanilla cone!...

Now this one makes me a little skittish...I don't know what it is or what the combinations are, but in an 'emergency' ice cream need, I might just try it...

This one is called azuki (which is a small bean grown in eastern Asia), sounds almost like a sneeze noise...

Think I could hold back on tasting this one...

Much as I like the flower, I do wonder if verbena would make a good ice cream...

Another site on ice cream with another interpretation on its origins...

"Ancient History – And Myths
Much of what is written about the history of ice cream begins centuries ago...and it’s the stuff of legends. The claims of Nero (1st century A.D.) and the ancient Chinese (via Marco Polo) enjoying an “ice-cream-like dessert” are used to bolster ice cream’s long-standing popularity. Well, bunk. These desserts, while frozen, are not ice cream as we know it, but more like sorbet or probably a sno-cone! Nero would have servants run to the mountains for fresh snow, and then race back (before it melted) to his palace where he would enjoy the frozen treats topped with fresh fruits. Again, it’s not the dairy treat we enjoy today, and further – it was something only royalty enjoyed (not everyone could have servants sent to the mountains, y’know).

The Dawn Of Ice Cream As We Know It
Ice cream as a dairy delight was probably “discovered” in the 1600’s. The concept of flavored ices evolved, but no one is sure how. We do know that Charles I of England, or rather, his chef (either French or Italian), made ice cream a staple of the royal table. Depending on which version you read, either the chef had a secret recipe for ice cream and the king paid him a handsome reward to keep it a secret, or the chef was threatened with death if he divulged the recipe. Either way, once Chuck-One was beheaded in 1649, the chef blabbed. Soon nobility in Europe knew of, and enjoyed, “crème ice.”

Ice Cream Comes To The Colonies
The still-for-the-rich “iced creams” were widely known in the 18th century on both sides of the Atlantic. Several recipes appear in a 1700 French cookbook, “L’Art de Faire des Glaces”, and here in the soon-to-be United States, ice cream was also known. Thomas Jefferson had a recipe for Vanilla ice cream, George Washington paid almost $200 (a chunk of money then) for a specific recipe, and James and Dolley Madison served ice cream at their second inaugural ball. Still, ice cream was limited in quantity and popularity, due to the enormous effort needed to make it (think two large bowls, lots of ice and salt, and 40 minutes of shaking one bowl while stirring the other – whew!).

If You Want Something Done Right, Ask A Woman
Give credit to Nancy Johnson. In 1847 she developed the first hand-crank ice cream maker, and despite what you might read elsewhere, received a patent for it. Much of the confusion (and lack of credit) to Ms. Johnson comes from the fact that she sold her rights to William Young for just $200 (still a pretty good sum in those days). He at least had the courtesy to call the machine the “Johnson Patent Ice-Cream Freezer.”

Mass Production – Finally, Ice Cream To The People!
The hand crank might have been fine for backyard picnics, but no one considered ice cream making as an industry – until Jacob Fussell in 1851. The milk dealer was looking for a way to keep a steady demand for his cream. He discovered that he could do so by turning it into ice cream – and he could get twice the price! His Baltimore factory utilized icehouses and a larger version of Johnson’s machine, and by the start of the Civil War he had additional ice cream plants in New York, Washington, and Boston. Ice cream still didn’t become a widespread phenomenon until the 20th century, when advances in refrigeration and power allowed for the dramatic increase in production as shown in the chart below:

U. S. Production
(in gallons)
5 million

30 million

150 million

However, before supply came demand…and the controversial “inventions” of the ice cream sundae and the ice cream cone.

The Birth Of The Sundae – Fact Or Fiction?
There are several stories as to the birth of the ice cream sundae (as there are to its predecessor, the ice cream soda). Most of these “true accounts” revolve around concentrated efforts by Midwestern religious leaders in the late 19th century against “sucking soda” (I am not making this up). Evanston, Illinois was one such town, as was Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Both claim to have locals who circumvented the soda ban by serving ice cream topped with syrup, and they did it on Sunday, and then changed the name slightly to avoid any connection with the clergy…"
Let's finish with a nice dish of lemon ice cream to clear the palate...

Women have known this about ice cream AND chocolate for ages, now we must pass it on to the unknowing male population...

A smiley cartoon or two and a joke or two, too for you...

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Ice cream!
Ice cream who?
Ice cream if you throw me in the cold, cold water!

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Ice cream soda!
Ice cream soda who?
Knock Knock
Who's there?
Ice cream!
Ice cream who?
Ice cream of Jeannie!

"What flavors of ice cream do you have?" inquired the customer. "Vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate," answered the new waitress in a hoarse whisper. Trying to be sympathetic, the customer asked, "Do you have laryngitis?" "No...." replied the new waitress with some effort, "just...erm.... vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate."
(I found this delightful English joke and just had to share, but Angie and Eddie and even Joolz won't need the translator part like the rest of us)...

Ice Cream Man
You need to have a British sense of humor (ahem - that would be humour) to fully understand this. There is an explanation of some of the terms following the joke.....

Carlos the ice-cream man's van is parked at the side of the road. Lights flashing, music playing, a big queue of excited kids stretches down the street. But there's no sign of Carlos.

A copper walking down the road wonders what is going on. "Where is Carlos?, Why is he not dishing out the ice-cream?"

He goes over to the van and peers over the high counter.

On the floor he spots Carlos. He's lying very still covered in chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, nuts, hundreds and thousands and those little jelly bits.

"Get back kids," he shouts.

Moving away so the bemused kids cannot overhear him he gets on the radio to the police station.

"Sarge, get someone down here quick," he stutters, "It's Carlos the ice-cream man... ... He's topped himself."


Being English myself I don't have any problems understanding this joke, but if you are not familiar with the English way of life, then you probably are not aware that we have ice-cream vans everywhere - much more than the USA, and many are run by Italians. We still have coppers (policeman) who walk the streets rather than drive around in cars, and the phrase "to top oneself" means to take your own life. Cor blimey - does it make sense now mate?

~~~~Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessings of the heavenly delights for our eating pleasure here on earth, please help us to BE delights to those in need.


  1. Well, I stupidly forgot to get some ice cream (that I like!) into our freezer, there are lots of treats in the freezer that others like but not me, and now after reading another post of yours on ice cream I am craving it! I guess it's just as well.
    I'll have to go satisfy myself with some blueberry cake (what a disappointment! Not a drop of ice cream for me nor a piece of chocolate!) Oh well.

    'Loved all your research! 'Loved the jokes! And I figured out the English one without the translation! But if felt good to get validation!

    And to be honest, if my ice cream looked that much like spaghetti, meat sauce, and Parmesan cheese ~ THAT is what I'd want it to taste like! I'd equate that with having a delicious chocolate ice cream sundae in front of me, taking a spoonful and then having it taste like roast beef ~ YUCK!

    Great post again, Marcy!
    Love you!, E

  2. I enjoyed this so much! I am an Ice Cream Addict! I love ice cream, winter or summer! I think the only ice cream I've ever eaten that I didn't care for was the mint chocolate chip ... I just don't care for the mint ... thanks for the research, the humor and the photographs .. I''m going to have a bowl right now!!


  3. Marcy you are making me crave icecream right now you know I ate it twice yesterday because of you!

    Until recently I could take it or leave it, but the last few weeks I can't get enough coffee icecream with dark chocolate pieces in it. Maybe after lunch I'll have some and think of you!

    I guess icecream was a serious thing in olden days...not wanting to share and killing over it...a woman would have blabbed(blogged)to all about her new found treat!

    Smiles to you Marcy,

  4. Great post Marcy, you work so hard on researching and jokes, you must be exhausted my friend but I so enjoy all the bits and bites of your post.....:-) Hugs

  5. Sounds like Wanda would enjoy my favorite ~ Starbuck's Java Chip Frappuccino Ice Cream!
    I get these tiny little individual cups, they hit the spot and they are decadent and I savor every spoonful! Too bad my freezer is empty of them now!

  6. Hi Marcy,
    I could never show these last two posts to Katie. Like Abby above, Katie is addicted to ice cream. I really have to watch her as she will wipe out a gallon container in three days! I actualy have to ration her. And whenever she doesn't feel good or is over tired and cranky, her daddy brings her home some ice cream!
    I found the consumtion amounts very interesting over the years! The supply and demand amounts are over the top! I wonder how many gallons a year we consume now!
    Love Di

  7. I love ice cream. Love it. My favorites: butter pecan and chocolate (I know, I know...borrrring of me to like chocolate....but I do!) I especially like to put chocolate ice cream in a glass and drown it with Coca Cola (a float)...uhmmmm.
    Great post!!! You do a lot of work and research...and throw the jokes and cartoons in there as 'whipped cream' on the ice cream post....lovely job, my friend.
    Smiles to you, Marcy

  8. Marcy - I am replying to yesterday's and today's posts on Ice Cream with your wealth of knowledge bestowed on us. I have tasted all the varieties of Ice Cream (both posts together in one sitting)and really loved them all but my eyes were much bigger than my stomach and the latter protested alas because it caught a severe cold and refused to have any more until I ate a hot curry to warm it up again - gosh what a mess there must be inside it! Can you imagine what a horrible mixture that would be? Better try hard not to be sick!
    Natuarally I loved the English jokes - those made more sense to me considering I am English and a chap who whitters as second nature.
    However you must realise, I am only a man! - and therfore am quite incapable of multi-tasking, so I just cannot tell jokes whilst eating ice cream! I can either tell jokes or eat ice cream - please do not ask me to do both at once - quite impossible!
    btw I did not actually know you were English - congratulations - welcome into The British Empire where the sun never sets.

    Here is an ice cream joke for you:
    Q. What did the dislectic atheist say whilst eating an ice cream?
    A. What a flovely lavour! Is there a dog?

    and finally


    (as you may be able to detect - I made that one up!)

    I am just off to eat . . . . AN ICE CREAM

    Signing off . . . . Eddie

  9. Does any one else like Moose Track Ice Cream? It is one of my favs. The other one I like has dark chocolate chunks & slivers with cherries in it. Yum, Yum, Yum!

  10. My word verification for the above comment was pecoun. I think that is British for Pecan - which reminds me of another fav - Butter Pecan Ice Cream!

  11. Soon i'm going to have to get some depends... hehehe I come her and squeal like a little girl. Goats, coffee, ice cream.. jokes, stories.... it's just too much. It's the best 5 minutes on the www I tell ya!!

  12. Once I did eat ice cream...desert first...and fresh garlic pizza, and I had this strange reaction, in my stomach! It just did not sit right, and although I did not get sick, I will never try that combo again.

    I too ate ice cream today...I love Dairy Queen's Chocolate dipped cones! I think I would love one right now! Thanks Marcy!!

  13. I'm going to the kitchen to make myself a chocolate float!!!!

  14. P.S. What's with the time on the posts???
    I just submitted the 'going to the kitchen to make myself a chocolate float' one at 12:45 A.M. (a night owl, I am)...and I know you are in the same time zone as I am, why is there a 3-hour difference. Do you think blogger is bloggggggging down....? (It's 12:46 A.M. now...we'll see what time it shows...and...the verification word was "porke"...which is what I am when I eat at this hour of the morning/night!!!

  15. Very cool and interesting , plus funny Post, with Ice Cream history too.
    Happy Birthday Marcy.
    (came from Teachers Pet.)

  16. Hi Marcy! Here's wishing you a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! May God bless you and succeed you in whatever you do! Happiness today and Always :-)

  17. I never knew there was so much to know about ice cream.... I am afraid I am a bit of a stick-in-the-mud and usually have a vanilla one, sometimes maybe a chocolate flake on a special occasion.

    Love Granny

  18. Oh, sorry, forgot to add a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Marcy.


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