Just about all of us have either heard of or experienced an ice cream social. They are a featured fundraiser for schools, churches, and community gatherings. The ice cream social is also a prime time to relax and chat with our family, friends, and neighbors over a scoop of delicious ice cream.
Ice cream parties are said to have first appeared during the reign of England’s King Charles II. During the late 1600’s, ice cream was expensive and served only to the king’s table at the royal feast. It was enjoyed only by members of the upper classes until the late 1700’s or so.
The earliest recorded ice cream party in America dates back to 1744 when Maryland Governor Thomas Bladen served ice cream at a dinner party. In 1784, George and Martha Washington purchased a “cream machine for ice” to use in their Mount Vernon home. Thomas Jefferson later served up ice cream at the White House in 1802, becoming the first President to do so.
The traditional ice cream flavors Americans are most familiar with include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and pistachio. Back in the 1800’s, however, people also gobbled up tea, parmesan, and even oyster flavored ice cream.
The Modern Day Ice Cream Party
Ice cream socials today are attended by people of all ages. The parties feature all kinds of ice cream flavors and toppings.
A poll of 2,000 Americans, done by OnePoll and Breyer’s, found chocolate chips to be the favorite topping of 52-percent of those who answered. Hot fudge came in second, at 49-percent. Nuts, preferred by 40-percent of the respondents, came in third place. Whipped cream and caramel also made the list of favorites.
So, what are the most unusual ice cream toppings? According to Eat This, Not That! bacon and French fries made the list, along with balsamic vinegar and strawberries; basil and olive oil; Wasabi peas; coffee grounds; pickles; chili sauce and barbecue potato chips.
Hosting an Ice Cream Party
Ready to throw an ice cream party of your own? It is easy enough if you get yourself prepared early so you can enjoy your own party on the big day!
Make a plan. Think about what you need to buy and what decorations you want. Pick a theme to jazz up the party.
Prepare your menu. Ice creams, sauces, and toppings will be the focus of your event. Aim for at least 6 different ice cream flavors. Don’t forget the toppings too, like chocolate chips, nuts, caramel, sprinkles, and hot fudge. Be sure to put out bowls and different types of cones as well for guests to choose from.
Set up a few days in advance. Put out a large buffet table to display your ice cream, toppings, and sauces. Use clear containers that you can label, and have plenty of spoons and ice cream scoops to serve.
Have Fun! Be sure to relax and enjoy yourself on the day of your ice cream social. If you are well-prepared, it will be a breeze!
Craving Something Sweet?
If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, or need help with your party planning needs, Norwood ice cream can help. We are a small ice cream shop, located in Eldersburg, Maryland. Each unique ice cream flavor is handcrafted in small batches right in our store. We cater weddings, parties, special celebrations, corporate events, and more. Drop by for a visit or call us at 410-875-7238 for more information.