Recipes Cool Desserts. Warm Weather. Fun Facts. AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate | June 12, 2019 Share this blog post by email Share this blog post on Facebook Ice Cream We always knew ice cream was a crowd favorite but did you know its origin dates back to 200 BC? Well, at least some version of an iced dairy product does. Historians can’t seem to agree on ice cream’s particular origin story – some claim it was invented by the Romans, others believe it sailed from China to Italy with Marco Polo. Ice Cream Sundae People have been adding ingredients to the tops of their ice cream for quite some time. Thomas Jefferson, for example, used to pour maple syrup on his frozen dessert. It wasn’t until Chester Platt plopped that proverbial cherry on top that the sundae was invented. But why call it a sundae? Because it was invented on Sunday, of course! Popsicle Sometimes the best inventions are those born out of sheer accident! Take the popsicle, for example. It was brought into existence thanks to an 11-year-old! In 1905, Frank Epperson left a cup filled with powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his porch in San Francisco. It froze overnight, much to his (and the world’s!) delight. Snow Cones Summer and Snow Cones go together like Texas and, well, Snow Cones! You can tip your hat to the Lone Star State and Samuel Bert for these simple yet tasty treats. Back in 1919, King Sammie started selling these Snow Cones at the State Fair of Texas.