Ice Cream Brought to Life
The Tasting Room
Come taste, take a look at the process, and talk to the folks that make the ice cream at the Tasting Room, on site at our production facility.Take the Tour
Each ice cream is formulated and scratch-made with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients in order to achieve the most intense flavor possible.Sample Them All
What on Earth is a BarnBurner?
A BarnBurner is an ice cream sandwich made of dreams. We rotate the selection of “shells” at our Tasting Room (think cinnamon buns, buttery brioche, sugar-crusted donuts, fudgy brownies, fluffy cakes), which we fill with your choice of flavor and scratch-made toppings and sauces. Then the whole thing is toasted in a specially designed press that seals up your sandwich for a warm, soft, cold, creamy experience that is a little cloud of heaven in your hands.Taste for Yourself
Ice Cream History
What should we know about ice cream history?
Ice cream has a long and interesting history. Popular accounts credit Marco Polo with introducing ice cream to Italy after he saw it being made during his trip to China. And that Italian chefs working for Catherine de' Medici then took ice cream to France when she travelled there to marry the Duc d'Orleans in 1533.
Unfortunately these accounts have little historical evidence to support them. Marco Polo may never have actually reached China! And Catherine de' Medici's chefs would have been unable to introduce ice cream freezing methods to anyone in 1533 as the science was unknown in culinary circles at that time!
However, it is very likely that ice cream originated in China. During the T'ang period (A.D. 618 – 907), chilled dairy products were made with mare, water buffalo, cow and goats milk. And of 2,271 servants attending to the food and wine in King Tang of Shang's palace, 94 were “ice men”.
Water ices first appeared in Europe in the 1660s, in Naples, Florence, Paris and Spain. In 1674 the first recipe for water ice appeared in a book by Nicholas Lemery, which was later translated into English as Modern Curiosities of Art and Nature. In 1694 a Neapolitan recipe for sorbetti appeared in Antonio Latini's Lo Scallo alla Moderna. And around the same time ices made with sweetened milk also started appearing in Naples.
In England the first account of ices is in a description of a royal feast in 1672 when the table of the king Charles II was furnished with “one plate of white strawberries and one on ice cream”. While the French and Italians seemed to favour water ices in the early days, the English clearly preferred ice creams.
The first reference to ice cream in America was in a letter written in 1700 which refers to “some fine ice cream” eaten with strawberries as a guest of the governor of Maryland. And it became even more popular as contact between France and America increased after their respective revolutions.
And so ice cream spread around the world from China to America. But there were many more developments in ice cream history. As technology advanced and tastes changed, the story continued! It's a fascinating story and worth investigating more deeply.