He may not have invented ice cream, but Jackson can be called the 'father of ice cream' thanks to the fresh recipes he churned to create the frozen treat.
Ice cream is a popular dessert that has been around for a while. It dates back to 97AD when a flour version of the frozen treat was enjoyed by the king. We enjoy a much different version of this tasty treat, and many flavors of it, too, thanks to one candy confectioner who created the modern ice cream.
Augustus Jackson was an African American candy confectioner, born on April 16, 1808, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as a chef in the White House in the 1820s. Jackson would eventually leave the White House and start his own catering and confectionery business in his hometown. It was during this time that Jackson invented new ice cream recipes and better technique to make the world's favorite dessert.
He may not have invented ice cream, but Jackson can be called the 'father of ice cream' thanks to the fresh recipes he churned to create the frozen treat. One of those techniques was adding salt to the ice while whipping the custard which controlled the custard while freezing.
Unfortunately, there is no proof of whether or not the recipes or methods that Jackson came up with were patented. He did give away his ice cream making methods to ice cream parlors and street vendors, making him one of the wealthiest African Americans in Philadelphia at the time.