Here is an original ice cream making machine dated 1892, when we first started to make ice cream. To make the ice cream, we mixed cream, milk, eggs and sugar, then poured them into the metal bucket. Ice and salt were put into the gap between the metal bucket and the wooden bucket. The cream was then churned by repeatedly turning the wooden handle, which revolved the paddles in the cream until it gradually chilled and froze - a very tiring process! We soon moved on to larger, floor standing models which were the same design but even harder to turn.

When our founder Giovanni Marcantonio first took his ice cream around the streets in the 1890s he served it in penny lick glasses like this original Victorian one. These glasses were so called because the customer would pay his penny, and be given a scoop of ice cream in the glass. He would then lick the ice cream from the glass and return it to the seller, who would then give it a quick rinse and wipe and use it again for the next customer! (We know now that that was not hygienic, but people did not know about germs at that time.) Penny licks remained in widespread use until 1926, when they were finally outlawed for spreading diseases. By this time we had progressed to serving ice cream in wafers instead.


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