Nugget of Knowledge: Neapolitan ice cream

The original Neapolitan ice cream was separated by nuts

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Neapolitan ice cream is known for its side-by-side layers of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream.

The name comes from the people who brought it to America: immigrants from Naples, Italy and from Napoli around the 1880s.

They brought with them an ice cream treat called spumoni. There were three flavors. They could be any flavors, like pistachio, and fruit and nuts separated the layers.

Americans began to call it the “Neapolitan-style ice cream.” It really caught on in the United States, and we adapted it to reflect our favorite flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, and that’s the way we enjoy it today.

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