Are You Looking For Some GREAT Ice Cream Around The Naperville Area To Enjoy For 'National Ice Cream Day’?!July 15th is ‘National Ice Cream Day’ and what a great day that is…
Who doesn’t love a cold, frosty, creamy, sweet, and smooth treat on the hot days of Summer?! Ice cream is widely served as a dessert option on menus across the world because it’s so adored by so many people. From cones and milkshakes to banana spilts and more, this amazing dessert is a classic that’s here to stay, so be sure to make room for some of this tastiness, all month long, as July is ‘National Ice Cream Month’. We’ve provided a little history on the invention and wide-spread of ice cream as well as some of the best spots around Naperville to enjoy some!
History of ice cream:
Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat. They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that remained at the stop of mountains by the summer capital.
Ice cream's origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been undisputably credited with its discovery. We know that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavored with fruits and juices.
Over a thousand years later, Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet. Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century. England seems to have discovered ice cream at the same time, or perhaps even earlier than the Italians. "Cream Ice," as it was called, appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century. France was introduced to similar frozen desserts in 1553 by the Italian Catherine de Medici when she became the wife of Henry II of France. It wasn't until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public. The Sicilian Procopio introduced a recipe blending milk, cream, butter and eggs at Café Procope, the first café in Paris.
Ice cream in the US:
It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.
1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.
The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available "almost every day." Records kept by a Chatham Street, New York, merchant show that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. Inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington's death revealed "two pewter ice cream pots." President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. Check out President Jefferson's vanilla ice cream recipe here. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison's second inaugural banquet at the White House.
Until 1800, ice cream remained a rare and exotic dessert enjoyed mostly by the elite. Around 1800, insulated ice houses were invented. Manufacturing ice cream soon became an industry in America, pioneered in 1851 by a Baltimore milk dealer named Jacob Fussell. Like other American industries, ice cream production increased because of technological innovations, including steam power, mechanical refrigeration, the homogenizer, electric power and motors, packing machines, and new freezing processes and equipment. In addition, motorized delivery vehicles dramatically changed the industry. Due to ongoing technological advances, today's total frozen dairy annual production in the United States is more than 1.6 billion gallons.
Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the "soda jerk" emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating "sinfully" rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream "Sunday" in the late 1890's. The name was eventually changed to "sundae" to remove any connection with the Sabbath.
Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first "floating ice cream parlor" was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946.
In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.
ICE CREAM IN NAPERVILLE:
1.Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store
A bowl of Oberweis ice cream is always worth it. Why? Because it's earned the right to be called super premium. That's more than just a fancy way of saying super tasty, it's ice cream that meets the finest standards. First, it's made with 50% overrun, which means our ice cream is only one part air to every two parts of cream. We also use 18%butterfat and the absolute finest ingredients, more than any other ice cream in the freezer aisle. It's rich, it's creamy and it's made in small batches using cream made from the same milk you love. Who wouldn't enjoy a scoop of that?
2.La Michoacana Deluxe Ice Cream
La Michoacana have since then created the most delicious flavors of ice cream and unique popsicles, becoming a tradition in Mexico. La Michoacana Deluxe Ice Cream carries the tradition of being a family run business, and strives to make the best authentic handcrafted ice cream and popsicles within their stores.
3.Frost Gelato at Downtown Naperville
Serving amazing gelato and sorbet, ‘Frost Gelato’s story starts with a trip t Rome where the best gelato can be found, influencing the owners to create their own for their US store. They have perfected the cold, smooth texture that gelato is known for and the creamy, fruity goodness that makes everyone who tastes it, smile!
4.Cold Stone Creamery
Serving up the finest and freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients, and of course, you can enjoy the show of watching them make your order signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone!
5.@ Munchies Rolled Ice Cream
Munchies unique menu brings the Rolled Ice Cream, Egg Waffle & Bubble Tea phenomenon to Downtown Naperville offering a variety of Asian inspired snack style finger foods. Yummy!
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Before or after you’ve enjoyed your sweet treat, stop into our studio for a painting and wine class! We have some amazing classes coming up, all summer long so you can not only enjoy some dessert but the feeling of creating a handmade work of art to treasure forever! First-time painters, have no fear- that’s what we’re here for! The majority of our customers have little to NO painting experience and our talented and helpful staff is ready to help. One of our encouraging instructors will walk you though the painting, step by step, proving the truly ANYONE can paint! :)
We hope to see you soon for a class at our studio if you’re looking for something fun to do in or around the Naperville area! We’re a great spot to visit for everything from a fun and unique date night, an awesome girls’ night out experience, and we even offer private events! When you view our classes on our website, you’ll be viewing our schedule for our public classes, but you can also book a painting party with the guest list of your choice! Come in to celebrate a birthday, bridal shower, reunion, retirement, and more with friends and family, sharing their artistic sides, together. Make memories that will last a lifetime with a souvenir to treasure forever with one our classes.
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We also play host to tons of corporate events, too! Why not book your next work party or team building event with us? We offer several styles of paintings that incorporate team building strategies, encouraging the whole office to work together, creating a stunning world of art!
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Finally, in addition to out studio parties, we offer mobile events, off-site! You choose the location and we’ll come to you with all of the supplies!
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