The birthplace of ice cream isn't certain, but food historians generally credit it to the Chinese and the flavored ices they enjoyed as far back as 3000 B.C. Marco Polo is believed to be the man responsible for bringing the idea to Italy, where the modern ice cream we enjoy today was born in the 17th century. The first ice cream recipe in the United States is thought to be from the 1792 cookbook "The New Art of Cookery, According to the Present Practice."
The invention of the hand-crank ice cream maker in 1843 allowed people to make it themselves, and homemade ice cream remains a popular dessert for American families today.
Many flavors have come and gone over the years, but none rocked the ice cream world like Cookies N' Cream in 1983 and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in 1991. Both of those flavors quickly found their way into the top 10 favorites and have been there ever since. Of course, there's plenty of other, more unique flavors for those with adventures pallets!