On todays slush blog we look at the origins of slush, slushie, or granita, whatever you know the cool flavour packed drink as.
The word granita comes from the Italian for grain, because the ice can have a grainy quality whilst “slushie” originates, via English, from a Norwegian word meaning “sloppy”.
Slushies have been around for much longer than you might think.
The Chinese are generally credited for creating flavoured iced drinks, possibly as early as 3000 BC – that’s 5000 years ago!
It is recorded that Alexander the Great loved slushies, over 2300 years ago! He had trenches filled with snow so that he and his soldiers could have a supply of slush to mix with fruity flavours, whenever they fancied.
The Roman Emperor Nero is recorded as having served honey and wine slushies made with snow which was passed in buckets hand to hand, by runners all the way from the mountains to his banquet hall.
The famous Italian explorer and trader, Marco Polo, is said to have brought new recipes of fruit-flavoured, slushies back to Italy from his travels in China, in the fourteenth century. Certainly, Italians became the undisputed masters of the art of the slushie – or granita, as it is usually called there.
Modern slushies, made with freezing equipment, have been around since the 1950’s when, so we are told, someone used an old car air conditioning unit to create a slushie machine. Now, there’s an idea… imagine if your car a/c could also produce slushies! They should have stuck with it.
Since this early invention, slushie machines have been through many stages of development until we have the latest, “visual display” FCB and FUB slush machines.
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