Its introduction into gastronomy has turned it into a nonseasonal product, but without a doubt, the arrival of spring and summer sees an increase in the consumption of ice cream. Here at Sibarita News we have pondered over the history and evolution of this refreshing and nourishing dessert, and the important artisanal industry associated with it.

With an increasingly wide variety of products and a large number of alternatives, we see the new trends of other types of food, such as new shapes, sizes, flavours and textures, as well as low-calorie options reflected in the ice creams sold by the main companies… but its origin is uncertain. Some say that it dates back to the days of Alexander the Great, and some even older, attributing its creation to ………. Even though, ice cream as we know it now, has its roots in the middle of the 17th century, when, in southern Europe, eating cold sorbets, however not yet frozen, and garrapiñadas, sugar coated almonds, became popular. Both products were chilled in a mixture of snow and salt. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the first horchaterías and botillerías appeared, establishments that sold ice creams and frozen drinks. (More info at Sibarita News paper edition)