Jefferson was the first American to adopt many skills, trades, and culture over from Europe, including art, books, Italian architecture, furniture, and cuisine. Many of these were passed down and became uniquley American as well. Ice cream was one of these.
Yes, vanilla ice cream can probably be considered America’sfirst. The folks over at kitchn.com made a go at deciphering TJ’s recipe (and handwriting). For the results of their experiment go here.