August 2 – Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Posted on August 2, 2015

I absolutely love cookies. And just about the only thing better than really yummy cookies is rich, delicious ice cream between really yummy cookies!

Ice cream sandwiches are fun to eat, and they are also fun to make. Remember, you can mix and match brownies, cookies, wafers, waffles, graham crackers, other sorts of biscuits, or even ordinary bread! You can use traditional vanilla ice cream, other flavors of ice cream, or sherbet or other frozen treats. Have fun, experiment, or check out these recipes!

I am lucky to have a "Dripp" near me - and
they have loads of different flavors of ice
cream, plus loads of different flavors of
cookies, with which to make ice cream

Above is Lucky Charms ice cream on two
different kinds of cookies! WOW!

This typical American version of an ice cream sandwich was created and patented by four fellows in 1963, but pictures from Atlantic City show that ice cream sandwiches were popular way back in the early 1900s – and cost just a penny each!

According to the book Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making, by Jeri Quinzio, the first ice cream sandwich was created in 1899 by a pushcart merchant in New York City. His first-ever version was vanilla ice cream between two thin graham wafers. Nobody seems to know the innovative peddler's name. (And of course, it is possible that someone else sold a similar treat elsewhere – this is the kind of idea that is likely to have occurred to more than one person!)

Many different nations have ice cream sandwich traditions that are not necessarily well known here. For example, in Singapore ice cream sandwiches are often made with red bean, yam, sweet corn, or honeydew melon flavors and are sandwiched between two wafers.

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