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cyl $38 - TAX our a During the coming year, Americans will consume an estimated 850 million gallons of delicious ice cream. That works out to about 20 quarts of the taste treat for every man, woman and child in the country. All of which would seem to indicate that Americans love the stuff. But as they gulp it down, rare indeed is the American who knows the fascinating, pulsating and adventurous story of the nation's favorrty dessert. Take the ice cream soda, for example: Now the ice cream soda just didn't pop up on fountains all over America on a hot summer day years ago. Somebody had to invent it. It took a tot of care, time and effort to come up with such a delightful warm weather drink. It was exactly a century ago that Robert W. Green of Philadelphia invented his "masterpiece." Had not Green, by mistake, dropped a scoop of ice cream into a glass of soda water, instead of the dish next to it, civilization might have been deprived of the joy of an ice cream soda. "I had poured the soda water for a guest in the hope it would settle his stomach," Green later described the great event for an interviewer. "The ice cream, which was vanilla in flavor, was for a child. Now to this very day I do not know why I dropped the ice cream into the glass. I was not rushed. I did not have any disturbing thoughts on my mind. It must have been fate. "The first thing I noticed was that the soda water started to fizzle when the ice cream dropped into it I remember that very dearly. It was then I realized the ice cream was not on the plate as I had intended. For a moment, I was templed to throw the mixture away** was of the opinion the soda water would ruin the flavor of the ice cream. Then I decided to sample the mixture. Only then did I discover I had made a delicious mistake. It was so delicious I drank it all down. Fortunately, there was more soda water in the ice box for our guest's nervous stomach." Green was the president of Robert H. Green Sons, a soda fountain manufacturing firm, which might explain why he kept ice cream and soda water at home tor his guests. Back then, both were in the luxury dass. In the beginning, he tried to introduce the ice cream soda to the worid when selling his fountains to customers. The worid was not ready for it is Worth Green made the mistake of promoting the soda medicinal values. He claimed the soda water settled stomach, and the ice cream made it taste good. customers turned thumbs down on the idea. Obviously they felt that if something tastes good, it has no have medicinal value too. And vice versa. Happily, the great inventor had a chance to introduce the ice cream soda to the thousands of tourists flocked to Philadelphia for the great Centennial celebration. "During the celebration, I sold the soda as refreshing drink," Green said later. "I did not emphasize its medicinal values. Once people started sipping cream drink, it became the sensation of the celebration." Sad to relate, there is no statue of Robert Green anywhere. And the inventor certainly deserves a pedestal all his own. How many people do you know turn an upset stomach and a goof into a spectacular success? Green's "masterpiece" has quenched the thirst -and settled the stomach -- of millions of people the past century. On days when the heat is overwhelming, there is nothing more refreshing than an ice soda. Who invented ice cream? A lot of people claim credit. In fact, there are almost as many inventors cream as there are discoverers of America. Water ices were first made during the time of Roman Empire. Emperor Nero used to have relays runners bring fresh snow from the Apennines to banquet tables where it was mixed with fruit juices served. Marco Polo is supposed to have brought back recipe for milk ice from the Far East -- along with fireworks, spaghetti and a lot of other things. His suitcase must have weighed a ton. Any time historians vague about the origin of something, they always that Marco Poto brought it back from the Orient The vogue for water ices was established in France when Catherine de Medici of Florence married Henry in 1533, and brought her staff of Italian cooks to the next century in France, ice cream apparently into its own. A court dinner given by Louis XIV wasxtepicted iWSPAPfc.RI

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  1. Valley News,
  2. 26 Jun 1977, Sun,
  3. Page 68

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