How the ice was invented: a story in fast motion

Die Erfindung von Eis - fast so weltbewegend, wie die Erfindung der Glühbirne ;)
The invention of ice cream - almost as earth-shattering as the invention of the light bulb 😉

I would like to tell you a little bit about where ice cream was invented and how it spread around the world. I also promise to be brief and tell you only the main points.

The Chinese, Persians and Indians: invention of ice cream

As with many inventions, it can be assumed that there is not just one source, but that similar developments have occurred in several places. What is certain, however, is that the Chinese already some 4000 years ago Ice and snow were used to make food more durable. The Persian and Indian then went one step further and it became Snow or ice with syrup mixed. This was already a very early form of ice cream and can thus be considered the birth.

Vor tausenden von Jahren wurde unter anderem in Indien Schnee oder Eis mit Sirup vermischt
Thousands of years ago, snow or ice was mixed with syrup in India and elsewhere

The invention of ice cream reaches Italy

This knowledge finally reached via trade routes to Sicily. However, this was not the end of the story, but the production of ice cream was refined and developed further. Also the Romans used snow and ice for cooling and already enjoyed a preform of ice. In Naples finally emerged End of the 16th century cooling techniques, to freeze liquids.

In Italien wurde schließlich die erste Kühltechnik entwickelt und die Eisrezeptur weiter verfeinert
In Italy, the first refrigeration technology was finally developed and the ice cream recipe was further refined

Bernardo Buontalenti finally shall be the first Egg and milk for making a cream have used. Eating snow and ice in a variety of forms subsequently became increasingly popular. While with noble banquets fancy Ice cream creations were served, the Bourgeoisie with the old method, Snow with syrup to mix.

Finally the ice reaches all of Europe

From End of the 17th century the ice also spread about the rest of Europe. Finally, the demand was so great that in the 19th century naturally occurring ice and snow were no longer sufficient. There was increased Artificial ice manufactured. The forerunners of our current Cooling technology and ice cream production were born.

Im 17. Jahrhundert erreicht die Kunst der Eisherstellung auch das restliche Europa
In the 17th century, the art of ice-making also reaches the rest of Europe

The ice in the present time

Nowadays, we can no longer imagine life without ice cream. There is an infinite variety of both industrially and artisan ice cream.

At Germany will status 2018 between 8-9 litres per person and year sold, that is a total of approx. 720 million litres. Most of it is produced by industry (81%). A further 16% are handmade ice cream from e.g. ice cream parlours or confectioners. The soft ice cream segment also accounts for a few percent. (Source:

There are no exact figures on how many people now make their own ice cream. But there are more and more of us. There's nothing to be said against picking up an ice cream at your favorite ice cream parlor and being inspired by the creations. But why there are good reasons to make your own ice cream, you can read about it in one of my Contributions read.

Ice making as a passion

In summary, it can therefore be concluded that although Italian not invented the ice cream, but they played a major role in its development. Further development and Distribution ...was involved. Ice and Italy are inseparable and no country operates with so much Passion the production of ice cream.

It's not just that a lot of passion goes into making ice cream, it's more of a Science for itself, a perfect recipe to develop. The ingredients must be coordinated in such a way that a round and balanced taste paired with a pleasant structure is created. This is complicated by the fact that the structure only develops through the freezing process and changes depending on the composition.

But don't worry, with the Recipes it is very easy to make your own ice cream. In addition, I and probably you are not about creating the perfect ice cream that meets the requirements of a star chef. Of course, you can do that, but you don't have to. As a rule, it is enough if it is simply only incredibly tasty is.

And if you want to go a little deeper into the Basics of ice cream production you've come to the right place on my side as well.

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