Ice cream sundae celebrated with a Google doodle

Internet giant Google has been hit with a heady dose of sugar today as it celebrates the 119th birthday of the ice cream sunday with a google doodle.

The retro-styled doodle, complete with vanilla and strawberry ice cream, lathered in a generous coating of chocolate, a dollop of cream and of course a cherry on top, will likely have many a hungover people skipping their standard breakfast and dipping their hands into the freezer today.

The calorific treat was born, surprise of surprises, one fine Sunday when a certain Reverend M. Scott went to the Platt & Colt Pharmacy, expecting to be served his usual vanilla ice cream, served in a dish. The owner,  however, was feeling a little more inspired and decided to throw in a creative touch, instead presenting the ice cream in a champagne glass with added sugar in the form of syrup and candied cherries.

All this added sweetness does of of course come at a price, and you can can be sure that each mouthful you will be wolfing down a very generous number of calories and generally not doing your health any big favours. But if there was ever a good reason to enjoy the decadent treat, then you can thank Google for the sweet reminder!

The origins of this desert are somewhat questionable, but recipes for it started appearing in The US and UK in the 19th century, with the somewhat fiddly recipe below, published in 1718 under the title The Complete Confectioner:

[adsense]”To ice CREAM. Take Tin Ice-Pots, fill them with any Sort of Cream you like, either plain or sweeten’d, or Fruit in it; shut your Pots very close; to six Pots you must allow eighteen or twenty Pound of Ice, breaking the Ice very small; there will be some great Pieces, which lay at the Bottom and Top: You must have a Pail, and lay some Straw at the Bottom; then lay in your Ice, and put in amongst it a Pound of Bay-Salt; set in your Pots of Cream, and lay Ice and Salt between every Pot, that they may not touch; but the Ice must lie round them on every Side; lay a good deal of Ice on the Top, cover the Pail with Straw, set it in a Cellar where no Sun or Light comes, it will be froze in four Hours, but it may stand longer; than take it out just as you use it; hold it in your Hand and it will slip out. When you wou’d freeze any Sort of Fruit, either Cherries, Raspberries, Currants, or Strawberries, fill your Tin-Pots with the Fruit, but as hollow as you can; put to them Lemmonade, made with Spring-Water and Lemmon-Juice sweeten’d; put enough in the Pots to make the Fruit hang together, and put them in Ice as you do Cream.”

Thankfully, if today’s doodle has you pining after a quick sugar fix, all you need to do is dip into your freezer and pop into the nearest cafe. Enjoy!

Read about other Google doodles including Harry Houdini;  Constantin Brancusi; Jules Verne; Paul Cezanne; Robert Burns and Valentines Day.

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