You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! These words are echoed through out the summer by children and adults, trying to cool off from the oppressive heat. The origins of ice cream can be traced  back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin or inventor has been credited with its discovery. Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar, King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during the harvest and Roman Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) often sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was flavored with fruits and juices.  


     The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Phillip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison enjoyed or created their own recipe for ice cream. Around 1800, insulated ice houses were invented, resulting in manufacturing ice cream soon became an industry in America. By 1851, Baltimore milk dealer, Jacob Fussell was manufacturing ice cream for all and not just the elite. Today the total annual production of ice cream in the United States is more than 1.6 billion gallons. 

     Another favorite summer treat is Italian ice or water ice. Many Italians migrated to America during the turn of the century, bringing a unique method of making money in the form Italian Water Ice. Back in the old country, they formulated a unique and delicious product that served as a substitute for air conditioning on a hot summer’s day. The Italian Water Ice would quench your thirst and coat your pallet with its sweet flavor. The main difference between ice cream and Italian ice is Italian ice does not contain any dairy products. The basic ingredients used to make Italian ice are water, pure sugar cane and the desired flavoring. 

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     The Historic Burlington Antiques and Art Emporium display case from the middle of August to the end of September will house items relating to ice, ice cream, snow cones and water ice. Thursday, August 29, will be customer appreciation day.  

All shoppers will receive a complimentary cup of water ice to enhance your shopping and keep you cool. The Emporium doors are opened seven days a week from 11am to 5pm (Thursday until 7pm) and located at 424 High St. Burlington City, N.J., 08016 or call 609-747-8333 for directions.

   Please visit the Emporium on August 29 and enjoy a delicious refreshing water ice, “or two on us!”

Happy Antiquing!

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