Milk in America
Milk and milk products have played an important role in America’s history since 1611, when the first cows
were brought to Jamestown, Virginia. Since those early days, the industry has successfully continued to
serve the nutritional needs of a growing nation with a wide selection of products.
The following daily consumption of milk group foods is suggested by the government's U.S. Dietary
• Children 1-8 years old, 2 servings
• Children 9 years and older, 3 servings
• Adults, 3 servings
The Evolution of Ice Cream
Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date
of origin nor inventor has been indisputably credited with its discovery. We know that Alexander the Great
enjoyed snow and ice fl avored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon
was fond of iced drinks during harvesting. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86)
frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then fl avored with fruits and juices.
Ice Cream for America
The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1700 by a guest of
Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the
New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available“almost every day.” Records kept by a Chatham Street, New York, merchant show that President George
Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. Inventory records of
Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.” President Thomas
Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modernday
Baked Alaska. In 1812, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President
Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.