Snow ice cream is a traditional wintertime treat in the northern USA. It is made by slowly pouring a small amount of sweetened dairy-based liquid (similar to ice cream ingredients) into snow. The liquid partially melts the snow and congeals into an easily made ice cream substitute
While it was not yet only ice cream per se, but some examples of early pre-planned ice dishes include the Roman emperor Nero (37-68) that said to have ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and also combined with fruit toppings, and King Tang (618-97) of the Shang Dynasty who is said to have had a method of creating a new ice and milk concoctions. People living directly alongside snow and ice have probably always put sweet things like honey and also probably fruit juice on frozen water for variety, as some still do to this day. Snow-cones, made from balls of crushed ice cream topped with the sweet syrup served in a paper cone, are consumed in many parts of the world. A popular springtime treat in maple syrup-producing areas is a maple toffee, where boiled maple syrup is poured over fresh snow, congealing in a toffee-like mass, eaten from the wooden stick used to pick it up from the snow
Popular tradition asserts that Marco Polo saw the ice cream being made on his trip to China and took the ice cream recipe home to Italy with him on his return. However, Marco Polo in his writings never claimed the introduce ice cream to the west. Catherine de Medici's Italian chefs are said to have carried on the ice cream receipe to France when she went there in 1532 to marry the Duc d'Orléans. One hundred years later Charles I of England was supposedly so impressed by the "frozen snow" that he offered his own ice cream maker of lifetime pension in return for keeping the formula secret, so that ice cream could be a royal prerogative. There is, however, no historical evidence to this support these legends, which first appeared during the 19th century. Food historians are still searching for an origin of ice cream.
Snow cream is a traditional wintertime treat in the USA. It is made by slowly pouring a small amount of sweetened to the dairy-based liquid (similar to ice cream ingredients) into snow. The liquid partially melts the snow and then congeals into an easily made ice cream substitute.
Snow ice cream is sometimes improved with the addition of powdered sugar and food coloring.