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During the hot summer months, people everywhere count on the sweet and creamy taste of ice cream to cool them down. Whether covered in chocolate, blended into milkshakes, or served in cones, ice cream is always a hit. But where does this popular dessert come from?
Some say the Roman emperor Nero invented ice cream to satisfy his sweet tooth. He is said to have sent slaves high into the mountains to bring back snow, which chefs would mix with honey and fruit. Apparently, Nero liked the frozen sweet so much that he had special cold rooms built in his palace to store snow.
Another story says that ice cream was first invented in China, almost four thousand years ago. Italian explorer Marco Polo supposedly brought it back to Europe in 1295 after a long trip to the East.
There is little proof, however, for either of these explanations. What we do know is that, by the mid-1600s, English king Charles I was enjoying ice cream. Palace records show the dessert was a favorite at palace dinner parties.
|冰淇淋 The Sweet Taste of Summer|
1.count on v. phr. to rely on 依靠；倚赖
George’s family counted on him to earn enough money for food, and he didn’t let them down.
2.blend v. to combine two or more ingredients 混合；调和
After blending the flour, eggs, milk, and baking powder, you’re ready to start cooking pancakes.
3.serve v. to give sb. food or drink 供应(食物)；端上(饭菜、饮料等)
Soup, cereal, and yogurt are usually served in bowls, but wine is served in glasses.
4.sweet tooth n. a craving for sweet food 吃甜食的渴望
Jerry eats candy bars everyday because he has a sweet tooth.
5.apparently adv. appearing to be so; seeming to be 显然地；看起来似乎
Sherman is apparently in love with Maria. He is always following her around.
6.proof n. evidence; confirmation that sth. is true 证据
Don’t accuse Sheila of theft until you have proof.
1.milkshake n. 奶昔
2.supposedly adv. 据称
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