Ice cream has delighted the masses for centuries, with some finding evidence of frozen desserts in ancient China around 3000 BCE. Instead of milk, snow was used to chill honey and wine during the first several hundred years and through trading, the dessert soon spread throughout Europe. By the 18th and 19th centuries, ice cream became more accessible and more inexpensive. Once cheap refrigeration became available to the masses, the ice cream boom began and dozens of exciting flavors were added to the roster—largely thanks to two men in Burlington, Vermont.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield established Ben & Jerry's in a renovated gas station in 1978 after acquiring a $12,000 investment. Throughout the 1980s, the company made many career milestones—from establishing Free Cone Day (which still occurs every year on May 5th), creating their famous Cherry Garcia flavor after Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead and were awarded the U.S. Small Business Persons of the Year by then President Ronald Reagan. Throughout their many years in business, Ben & Jerry's have been on top of social and political issues with ice cream, creating flavors to support gay marriage, Obama's presidential campaign and the resistance against Trump's administration. Many late night hosts have also been celebrated with their own flavors, including Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.
In honor of all the amazing ice cream flavors out there and National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, we've gathered up some of our favorite tattoos featuring the frozen treat from talented tattooers around the world. Take a peek at some of our favorite ice cream tattoos in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite ice cream flavor in the comments section on social media.