The earliest ice creams were snow collected from mountain tops mixed with honey or wine
The history of ice cream starts with the idea of having sugar-flavoured snow. The earliest ice creams were basically snow collected from mountain tops mixed with honey, sugar syrup or wine. There are many accounts of the Chinese, Japanese, Roman and Persian kings asking their slaves to collect snow from the mountains to make the earliest form of frozen dessert called the sorbetti, paving the way for what later turned into sorbets. These are, however, contested claims and there seems to be no concrete proof of the modern ice cream originating from the flavoured snow balls.
The introduction of the world to ice cream in the form that we see it today started with Marco Polo returning to Italy in the 1500s with the recipe for a frozen dessert, relished with fruits. It reached France when Catherine de Medici married French Henry II. Simultaneously, the royal courts of England had something called cream ice being served to the royalty. It was not until the 1600s that ice cream was made available to common folks. But it was still extremely expensive and only the elite could afford it. But a gradual shift happened because of modern advancements in technology. By the late 1800s, Ice could be stored for months due to improved refrigeration and ice cream could be delivered on ice cream carts. This made ice cream hugely popular among masses and ice cream consumption as well as production shot up.
So, let all of us ice cream lovers stock up our fridges with yummy homemade ice cream. Cheers to never running out of a comforting scoop of ice-cream!