Among many startling statements in her famous Household Management of 1861--'the Italians with the exception of macaroni, have no specially characteristic article of food' is a fair example--was her suggestion that in the light of Catherine's great innovation in the matter of ice-creams she might be forgiven the massacre of St.
Bartholomew." ---Harvest of the Cold Months: The Social History of Ice and Ices, Elizabeth David [Viking: New York] 1994 (p.
In 1768 there appeared in Paris what is undoubtedly the most outlandish treatise on the subject ever to be published.
As early as 1821 we find mention of "ice-cream gardens' in New York....
Since introducing ice cream to Europe in the Middle Ages, Italy has never relinquished its lead in theis field, and over the centuries the manufacture of ice cream has in many countries been the province of Italian emigres." ---An A to Z of Food and Drink, John Ayto [Oxford Univeristy Press: Oxford] 2002 (p.
The Chinese are generally credited for creating the first ice creams, possibly as early as 3000 BC.
Marco Polo is popularly cited for introducing these tasty concoctions to Italy.