How capitalism (read entrepreneurship) brought ice cream to the masses

Mostly Economics

Fascinating piece on how ice-cream moved from being a dish of aristocracy to being a dish of masses.

Britain’s blistering heat wave has created a record-breaking demand for the treat that, over the course of the last century, has become a summer favorite the world over: ice cream. Sales have increased 100 percent year on year, and London is even hosting an ice-cream themed pop-up exhibition, fittingly titled ‘Scoop’.

Just 350 years ago, ice cream was a rare delicacy, reserved for kings and the richest of aristocrats. To enjoy it a person had to be able to afford refrigeration, which in the pre-industrial world was arduous and expensive.

But thanks to technological and scientific progress, ice cream has become available to pretty much everyone.

Back then, to refrigerate foodstuffs, people needed the land to build an ice house (to store the ice), freshwater access, and servants to cut and hull the ice…

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