The first scoop of ice cream is over 2,500 years old.
People didn't have freezers back then, so the first scoops of ice cream were made with snow and ice. Alexander the Great reportedly loved to pour honey and nectar on snow, but emperors of the Tang dynasty are credited as the first people to eat frozen, milk-like concoctions.
Eventually people learned that the combination of ice and salt could be used to freeze things, so they started to experiment. They first messed around with wine slushies, which eventually gave way to sorbet in Italy. Milk was eventually added to the mix, but only the wealthy were allowed to taste it.
But in 1660, the recipe was set free to the public and people went crazy — including our first president. George Washington apparently spent a total of $200 on ice cream one summer. In the late 1800s, ice cream soda at fountains became popular as technology made the treat more accessible.
Ice cream in cones became popular at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, where some people say the waffle cone was invented. Prepackaged ice cream was available at supermarkets in the 1970s, but there still have been plenty of specialty ice cream shops created since then that make the most interesting and indulgent flavors.