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About this Event

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! From satisfying the sweet tooth of our first Commander in Chief to its role during Prohibition, ice cream and America go hand-in-cone — especially when it comes to New York. Are you ready for the inside scoop on one of America's favorite desserts, and how it took the country — and New York City — for a churn?

Join the Sharon Historical Society as we explore New York extensive role in the history of ice cream, and the ways in which this sweet treat evolved from a delicacy for the wealthy in colonial America into a staple of American culture.

Led by Educator Meg Lynch from the Morris-Jumel Mansion — Manhattan’s oldest residence and site of George Washington’s 1790 cabinet dinner — our virtual experience surrounding this creamy confection will include:

• Ice cream in early America, including different recipes, ice cream making processes, and fun facts about past U.S. Presidents who enjoyed the delicacy

• New York City's role in the story of ice cream, from the site of the first American ice cream parlor to commercializing the summer treat

• Improvements in technology and transportation that allowed the ice cream industry to grow

• NYC and ice cream today, from famous brands with New York origins to the evolution of dairy-free ice cream

• A DIY ice cream making demonstration of strawberry flavored ice cream, which you can follow along with (see the simple list of ingredients below)

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Meg — any and all questions about ice cream are welcomed and encouraged!


DIY Ice Cream Making Demo Ingredient List (optional)


Strawberry Flavored Ice Cream


• 1 gallon-sized freezer bag OR a round, empty coffee can with top

• 2 sandwich-sized ziplock freezer bags

• Ice (about 2-3 cups)

• 1/2 cup milk

• 1/2 cup heavy cream

• 2 tablespoons sugar

• 6 tablespoons kosher or rock salt

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Mix-ins - 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries, or your favorite toppings (such as chocolate chips, chopped raspberries, blueberries, other fruits, or pre-crushed cookies)

• Looking for a dairy-free option? Try substituting the milk for almond, oat or soy milk and the heavy cream for a coconut milk or creamer.

Watch the video below at the hour mark to watch the ice cream making demonstration.

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