Ice cream and other icy treats were perceived as status symbols because ice was difficult to harvest and even harder to store. Nero's servants got snow from mountain tops, wrapped it in straw and brought it back to him when he craved Italian ice in the first century. This practice continued with important figures in Spain and Italy 1,500 years later.
The Luxury Of Ice Cream
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Prior to the 19th century, there were no edible ice creams cones, only paper and metal holders. 00:13
An English cookbook from 1888 may hold the first recipe for an ice cream waffle cone. 00:36
A waffle cone was invented at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair when an ice cream vendor ran out of paper holders. 01:02