The Curious History Of Ice Cream Just Might Make Your Brain Freeze

Emperor Nero Sent His Slaves To The Mountains For It

Nero at Baiae, c. 1900. Private Collection.
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Emperor Nero was said to have screamed for ice cream back in his day. Nero reportedly ordered his slaves to travel to faraway mountaintops to harvest snow and ice on hot summer days. It was stored in deep pits covered with straw that were called "ice houses."

The ice was then mixed with fruits, juices, and honey for Emperor Nero’s enjoyment. But all the fruit ice in the world apparently wasn’t enough to prevent Nero from killing his mom.

While those in ancient Persia and Rome enjoyed treats similar to sherbet or snow cones, next you’ll see it was the ancient Chinese who made something more similar to the ice cream we know today.