There are plenty of myths about where ice cream was first invented. Some suggest Marco Polo first brought ice cream from China. The earliest evidence of anything resembling ice cream actually does come from China.
In the 1500s, ice cream was developed in Italy. In the 1600s France and Spain developed forms of ice cream and in the late 1600s England had their own secret recipes for ice cream.
It wasn't until the 1700s that the Americas first dabbled in ice cream. In the 19th century ice cream became a popular treat with the advent of mechanical technology and modern freezing methods.