Undeniably, traditional ice cream has been a favourite sweet treat for a very long time, and while it may be coveted, the reality is that it’s not good for your body or the environment.
So thank goodness for vice cream—ice cream’s healthy, younger sister!
We thought it might be fun to list some of the biggest moments in ice cream’s history, including the very first appearance of vice cream. The following is a bullet list of some of the most interesting ice cream events ever documented.
· B.C.: Alexander the Great enjoys snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar.
· B.C.: King Solomon becomes very fond of iced drinks.
· 75(ish) A.D.: During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar frequently sends runners into the mountains for snow, which he then flavors with fruits and juices.
· 1075(ish): Marco Polo returns to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembles sherbet.
· 1553: Catherine de Medici introduces frozen desserts to France.
· 1600(ish): “Cream Ice” is served to Kind Charles the First in England.
· 1660: Ice cream is made available to the general public.
· 1774: Ice cream is referenced in a letter that comes from the New World.
· 1777: Ice cream is advertised in the New York Gazette.
· 1790: President George Washington spends approximately $200 for ice cream.
· President Thomas Jefferson creates an 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembles a modern-day Baked Alaska. (Check out President Jefferson's vanilla ice cream recipe here.)
· 1813: Dolley Madison serves a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison's second inaugural banquet at the White House.
· 1851: Ice cream becomes commercially manufactured in America.
· 1911: First Batch Freezer is patented and produced in New York by Emery Thompson and revolutionizes the ice cream industry. (Nice Vice uses an Emery Thompson to produce Vice Cream!)
· 1945: Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream shops, is founded.
· 1946: Americans consume over 20 quarts of ice cream per person this year.
· 1965(ish): John Robbins (heir to Baskin-Robbins chain) publicly becomes vegetarian and stops eating traditional ice cream.
· 1978: Ben and Jerry’s is founded.
· 1981: The first soy-based ice cream (Tofutti) is created by David Mintz and Ruben Rapaport.
· 1984: Tofutti’s premium pints become the first nondairy frozen dessert to be sold commercially to the general public in grocery stores.
· 2004: Jeff Rogers writes Vice Cream, a book of vegan ice cream (vice cream) recipes.
· 2016: Nice Vice, Vancouver’s first ever 0% dairy creamery, opens its doors!
So as you can see, although ice cream has a long history, there is a definite trend towards non-dairy alternatives.
That’s where we come in!
If you’re looking for heathy, delicious, environmentally friendly alternative to your favourite sweet treat, then you’ve come to the right place. Stay tuned for grand opening details, and while you wait, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.