History of Food

History of Food

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20 - Ice Cream Soda Day

JUNE 20 - Today in Food History

- National Vanilla Milkshake Day
- Ice Cream Soda Day

1861 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins was born. He discovered what we now call 'vitamins,' essential nutrients needed to maintain health.
Ice Cream Soda Day
Today there is an actual reason that it is Ice Cream Soda Day.  June 20, 1874: It was a hot day in Philadelphia. Robert Green ran out of cream he used for his sodas. He borrowed some ice cream from a neighboring merchant and, with a little experimenting, created the ice cream soda we know today.
Green quickly sold his concoction, eventually combining vanilla ice cream with a choice of 16 flavored syrups. It was soon copied by other vendors and spread rapidly along the parched East Coast.
His own account, Green, published in Soda Fountain magazine in 1910, states that while operating a soda fountain at the Franklin Institute's semi-centennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1874, he wanted to create a new treat to attract customers away from another vendor who had a fancier, bigger soda fountain. After some experimenting, he decided to combine ice cream and soda water. During the celebration, he sold vanilla ice cream with soda water and a choice of 16 different flavored syrups. The new treat was a sensation, and soon other soda fountains began selling ice cream sodas. Green's will instructed that "Originator of the Ice Cream Soda" was to be engraved on his tombstone.
There are at least three other claimants for the invention of ice cream soda: Fred Sanders, Philip Mohr (in 1782 at Fulton and First Streets in Elizabeth, NJ), and George Guy, one of Robert Green's own employees.

Some areas viewed sodas as requiring control since so many teenagers were attracted to it. They prohibited its sale on Sundays in the Bible Belt and some banned it outright.  The solution was to serve ice cream, called sundaes, which denoted “soda’s day of rest.”
An ice cream soda or ice cream float is made by adding soda pop or seltzer to ice cream. Some people add flavoring, like chocolate syrup, or a little milk. However you make it, as soon as the soda hits the ice cream the results are fizzy, frothy, tasty bubbles.
Regional names
In Australia and New Zealand, an ice cream soda made with CocaCola or PepsiCola is known as a "spider." Other spiders are usually known by their flavour, as a "lime spider" or an "orange spider".
In Scotland (mainly on the west coast), it is usually referred to as a "float." "Coke" is often used generically to refer to any cola in the United Kingdom, while "soda" is usually taken to mean soda water.
In Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia it's called Vaca Negra (Black Cow), while in Puerto Rico is referred to as a "blackout."
In Alecrim, a city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, it's called "Sputnik".
In the United States, an "ice cream soda" typically refers to the drink containing soda water, syrup, and ice cream, whereas a "float" is generally ice cream in a soft drink (usually root beer).

Do you know how it works? 
It's basically the same as what is going on with the Mentos and Soda Fountain, except not as messy. You are knocking the carbon dioxide in the soda out of solution. Bubbles of air in the ice cream provide nucleation sites around which carbon dioxide bubbles can form and grow. Some ingredients in the ice cream lower the surface tension of the soda so the gas bubbles can expand, while other ingredients trap the bubbles in much the same way as small amounts of protein in seawater trap air to form seafoam. 
Fantastic Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda 
    1/4 cup milk
    3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
    1 cup vanilla ice cream (or 1 large scoop)
    club soda (cold) or seltzer water (cold)
    canned whipped cream (optional)

    1.  Pour the milk into one tall 16-ounce glass.
    2. Stir in syrup.
    3. Add in ice cream and enough soda water or selzer to fill almost to top of glass.
    4. Top with whipped cream if desired.
    5. Serve with a long spoon and a big straw.

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