Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mexican Fried Ice Cream: A History

Ice cream has been around for quite sometime. Most commonly attributed to the Chinese as early as 2900 BC, ice cream is a delicious treat most commonly served as a dessert dish. Marco Polo can actually be thanked for giving the Italians ice cream, which in turn, found its way into popular culture of the known world.

French-style ice cream is generally made with egg yolks giving it a rich, delectable flavor appreciated by many. On the other hand, there is a Philadelphia-style ice cream made with egg whites only or no eggs at all. This is definitely an interesting dish when you start comparing popular flavors historically and modernly around the globe.

Mexican ice cream is no different!

Mexican fried ice cream is a popular dessert recipe that is not quite the traditional Mexican food of the culture. However, that does not make Mexican ice cream any less popular. In fact, Mexican ice cream is more popular than ever.

There are generally two types of fried ice cream: Mexican fried ice cream and Chinese fried ice cream. The same basic principles are utilized in both dishes, but you will discover that what is different is the coating. In Mexican fried ice cream corn flakes or cookie crumbs are used; in Chinese fried ice cream a tempura is often used.

Mexican ice cream did not start rearing its creamy head until the late 19th century. How did it start? Where did it come from? Who knows! What I do know is that Mexican ice cream is positively, absolutely magnificent.

1 comment:

anadrol said...

I always thought fried ice cream is a china dish...