Ice cream is a popular dessert worldwide. People make it about 4 thousand years. Homeland of ice cream is China. The oldest known recipe is: berries, grains of pomegranates and pieces of sweet fruit mixed with snow and ice. But not everywhere ice cream was dessert. For example, Eskimos mixed with ice pieces of meat, lard and sweet berries. This dish is called okatak. There are many myths around ice cream. It is known that Emperor Nero sent slaves to collect ingredients for ice cream high in the mountains. These were nuts and roots, but which ones are not known. Marco Polo brought from China to Europe ice cream recipes in the XIII century. Some recipes quickly became popular. One of these desserts is sherbet, a kind of soft ice cream. This recipe was popular with several royal courts. Ice cream has long been a delicacy of the rich. Industrial production of ice cream began only in the XIX century. Now it is an affordable and popular product, the number 1 dessert in the world. But most of all the ice-cream is eaten by Americans: an average of 21 kg of ice cream per year. Other countries lag far behind. For example, in Sweden this figure is 13.4 kg, Denmark - 7.7, and in Russia only 2.1 kg per year.
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