When and where was ice cream invented?

The exact origins of ice cream are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have been first created in ancient China, possibly as early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It was made by mixing snow or ice with fruit and honey.

The idea of freezing sweetened cream is thought to have been brought to Europe from the Middle East in the 13th century by Marco Polo. From there, ice cream spread to Italy and other parts of Europe, where it was refined and popularized.

The first recorded instance of ice cream being served in America was in 1744, when Maryland Governor Thomas Bladen served it to his guests. However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that ice cream became widely available to the general public in the United States, thanks in part to the invention of the hand-cranked ice cream churn.

Today, ice cream is a popular dessert enjoyed all over the world, with a wide range of flavors and variations available.

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