I Scream, You Scream…

We all scream for ice cream! Without question, ice cream is one of the most popular treats in America, but do you know much about its history? According to Laura B. Weiss, author of Ice Cream: A Global History, iced drinks can be traced back to at least the ancient Greeks and Romans. But many historians believe that the emperors of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) in China may have been the first to eat a frozen milk-like confection — made with fermented cow, goat or buffalo milk which had camphor added to make it flake like snow. Italians generally are credited with inventing ice cream as we know it today, popularizing a concoction of sugar, flavorings (often fruit like lemon or strawberry), and ice or snow sometime in the mid-seventeenth century. Ice cream was particularly favored by the French aristocracy in the 1800s, and Thomas Jefferson is said to have gained an appreciation for the treat while serving as US ambassador to France from 1784-1789.

National Ice Cream Month, c. 1907

July is National Ice Cream Month and the Libraries wants you to break out your ice cream maker and try out some recipes … from 1907.

Delicious Desserts and Candies

Delicious desserts and candies (DePrice's Vanilla), c.1923. The original true "Tropic Flavor" of rare excellance [sic], balanced strength & purity. Dr. Price's Extract of True Vanilla. July is ice cream month, and for those of you that make your own ice cream or other "delicious desserts and candies," maybe this vanilla extract is just what the (Dr. Price) ordered. As is stated on the label: Flavoring ice cream, cakes, puddings, custards, sauces, gelatine dishes, candies, jellies, syrups and other food products. And isn't the Tropikid cute? —Elizabeth Periale

July is For Ice Cream

Horizontal Freezer Co., Chicago, IL.  Ice Cream and Candy Makers’ Factory Guide, 1907, page 17, Peach Ice Cream, Pistachio Ice Cream, Spinach Coloring, Almond Ice Cream. Ever tried pistachio ice cream?  Or almond ice cream? July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day.  This year, National Ice Cream Day will be on Sunday, July 18. To celebrate these ice cream holidays, we are featuring an item from the Libraries’ collection called Ice Cream and Candy Makers’ Factory Guide.  This guide from 1907 was the Horizontal Freezer Company’s fourth book on the subject.  It has all sorts of ice cream recipes and is meant to be used by both the beginner and expert ice cream maker. Here are just some of the flavors in the guide:  Peach ice cream.  Chocolate ice cream.  Pineapple ice cream made Philadelphia style.  Crushed Strawberry Cream using strawberries and oranges.   And even pistachio ice cream made with spinach coloring.  Ice Cream and Candy Makers’ Factory Guide by more »

Care for Some Hot Pink Baked Alaska?

At least that's what we think is being featured on the cover of this wonderful item from the Culinary Historians of Washington (CHoW). The original impetus for this post was the commemoration of the ice cream freezer, which was patented In 1843. A second patent was granted on May 30, 1848. Ice cream and patents soon led to desserts and cookbooks . . .  The National Museum of American History culinary history collection features many wild and wonderful recipe books from CHoW and other sources. Elegant desserts. [by] staff home economists: Melanie de Proft, director [and others]. Illustrated by Kay Lovelace. —Elizabeth Periale

It’s Frozen Food Month!

Featured here are two frozen food related trade catalogs—one showing frozen food and the other showing storage cabinets for frozen food. “Doors roll silently with a light touch . . . ”  That’s a description from the Weber Showcase & Fixture Co. catalog entitled Roll A Door Cabinets for Frozen Foods and Ice Cream. These cabinets have horizontal frost-free doors which roll open. The rolling doors help keep the temperature constant in the cabinet. The next catalog shows frozen turkey products. The catalog is entitled Empire Frozen Turkey Products, by Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., located in Mifflintown, PA. Both of these trade catalogs are located in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library. Also located in the collection are many more refrigeration and freezer related catalogs from other companies.—Alexia MacClain, photos by Lu Rossignol Top:  Weber Showcase & Fixture Co.  Roll A Door Cabinets for Frozen Foods and Ice Cream.  Bottom:  Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc.  Empire Frozen Turkey Products.  Mifflintown, PA.

Ice Cream Recipes From 1907

In a previous post, we featured candy recipes from the 1907 Ice Cream and Candy Makers’ Factory Guide.  As you can tell from the title, the guide also has an ice cream section. The ice cream section begins with recipes for Neapolitan style and Philadelphia style ice cream. Neapolitan style ice cream is made with cream, eggs, sometimes milk, and requires cooking, while Philadelphia style ice cream uses pure cream without eggs. Other recipes include ones for frozen custards, plain ice cream, gelatine ice cream, and fruit creams such as pineapple, orange, and strawberry ice cream. Ice Cream and Candy Makers’ Factory Guide from the Horizontal Freezer Co. of Chicago, IL can be found in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library. Additional images from this catalog and other items from the trade literature collection can be found on flickr.—Alexia MacClain

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