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 - By INK MENDELSOHN Smithsonian News Service At...
By INK MENDELSOHN Smithsonian News Service At least one thing made Calvin Coolidge smile. Evidence of the slight but satisfied smile exists in a 1926 photo. In this historic picture, Mrs. Coolidge is- spooning up ice cream as the president stands by holding what looks suspiciously like the remains of an ice cream cone. Coolidge may not have loved being chief executive, but he loved ice cream. His favorite dessert was advertised by the ice cream industry as the "President's Pudding." "Silent Cal" was not, however, the first presidential ice cream fan. George Washington liked ice cream so much that, in the summer of 1790, he bought about 200 dollars worth from a New York City ice cream merchant. Washington kept "two pewter ice cream pots" at Mount Vernon and owned a "Cream Machine for Making Ice." Thomas Jefferson, ever inventive, had his own 18- step recipe for ice cream and a unique way to serve it — in small balls encased in warm pastry. In addition to the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson gave America her all-time favorite flavor when he brought 200 vanilla beans and a recipe for vanilla ice cream back from France. The first presidents ate ice cream made from rich, heavy cream, natural flavorings and native fruits and nuts. In addition to vanilla, Washington and Jefferson likely enjoyed such flavors as greengage plum, fig and black walnut. Alarmed chocoholics can rest easy. They also had chocolate. Dolley Madison, always delightfully different, preferred strawberry, which she served mounded in "a large shining dome" on a silver platter. Americans, alas, did not invent ice cream; its exact origins remain frosted in mystery. Along with some other of civilizatin's grace notes, like the movies, its development was peripatetic and evolutionary. At the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo brought a recipe fora frozen dessert made with milk back to Italy from the Far East. From Italy, the popularity of frozen desserts, which evolved from ices to sherbets to ice cream, spread across the courts of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Once Americans discovered ice cream, however, the hordes of Genghis Khan could not have held back their enthusiasm for it. The first recorded appearance of ice cream in America was in 1700. A guest of Governor William Bladen of Maryland wrote in a letter: ...we had dessert no less Curious; among the Rarities • of which it was Compos'd was some fine Ice Cream which, with the Strawberries and Milk, eat most Deliciously. At the time of the Revolution, ice cream was sold in exclusive New York confectionary shops. With the growing availability of ice through harvesting and insulated storage early in the 19th century, ice cream parlors like New Orleans' Exchange Coffee-House began appearing in major American cities. In 1846, a boon to all mankind was invented by a woman named Nancy Johnson. The hand-cranked ice cream freezer eventually brought homemade ice cream into the lives of many American families. By the turn-of-the-century, Americans were eating peach at parties and chocolate at church socials. Along with the flag, strawberry, vanilla and blueberry carried the colors at many a Fourth of July picnic. Any summer Sunday brought forth an assortment of flavors from home freezers all over the land. Millions of Americans today can still remember cranking arduously away from their creamy reward. S. Dillon Ripley. Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, remembers: When I was a boy, summer Sundays included a visit to the back porch off the kitchen before going to church, to make sure that preparations were under way for making ice cream. Sure enough, there would be the handturned tub churn, the rock .salt, and in the hall off the kitchen, the huge ice box would be opened and ice

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 14 Jul 1982, Wed,
  3. Page 24

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