This blog post was updated on October 12, 2018.
National Ice Cream Day –also known as literally the perfect excuse to eat a heaping scoop of ice cream –is this Sundae (pun intended). To celebrate, here are five things BuzzFeed scooped up about our favorite frozen dessert.
1. The first documented ice cream recipe was written by Lady Anne Fanshawe in 1665. One ingredient was ambergris, also known as sperm whale vomit. Yum?
2. Remember this, vanilla fans: Chocolate came first! That’s right. The Modern Steward, published in 1692, contained the recipe. And with that, PMSing women’s lives were never the same again.
3. Oyster, parmesan, and asparagus were popular ice cream flavors back in the colonial era. We can’t imagine why those didn’t last.
4. You have Ben & Jerry’s to thank for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. They did it first, and for that, we are forever grateful.
5. The delish-looking scoop of ice cream in that advertisement might just be mashed potatoes. Hey, it doesn’t melt –or get “accidentally” eaten by shutterbugs with sugar cravings.