The origination of ice cream can be traced back to Rome in the 4th century BCE. The Roman emperor Nero ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings.
In the 13th century, Marco Polo learned the Chinese method of creating ice and milk concoctions and brought it back to Europe.
Over time, recipes for ices, sorbets and milk ices evolved and were served in the fashionable Italian and French royal courts.
The use of ice mixed with salt to lower and control the temperature of the mix of ingredients proved a major breakthrough in the creation of ice cream as we knew it. The invention of the wooden bucket freezer with rotary paddles facilitated its manufacture. It was a Baltimore company that first produced and marketed ice cream wholesale in 1851.
The treat became both distributable and profitable with the introduction of mechanical refrigerator.