Ice cream sandwich

Ice cream sandwich
An ice cream sandwich.

An ice cream sandwich is a frozen confection composed of a layer of ice cream, usually vanilla[citation needed] (but not necessarily), "sandwiched" between two biscuits/cookies or slices of cake, usually chocolate.



Within Australia, ice cream sandwiches are given the commercial name of Giant Sandwich (recognizable by its distinct blue and pink wrapper), and Monaco Bar (recognizable by its gold and black metallic wrapper) in the Eastern states. Other varieties include Streets “Cookie”, Maxibon (with one-half ice cream sandwich) and Maxibon Cookie, and Pat and Stick’s Homemade range (recognizable by its circular shape).[1]

Although not as widely popular as other ice cream desserts which are promoted more, the ice cream sandwich is considered a nostalgic favorite within Australia.

The original ice cream sandwich was commonly known as a 'cream between'. One purchased a small block of ice cream wrapped in paper and placed it between two wafers.

Also another famous Brand or Version sold in Australia, was called an "Eskimo Pie". The name Eskimo being used to illustrate it being so called popular with Eskimos and a pie being a snack food.


Wafer ice cream is a type of ice cream popular in Singapore, often known as potong (cut) ice cream. It consists of two original wafers holding together a block of ice cream. Vendors are commonly found along Orchard Road, Chinatown and outside schools.

Common flavours offered include Ripple, Red bean, Yam, Sweet corn, Durian, Honeydew, Peppermint, Chocolate, and Chocolate Chip. Wafer ice cream vendors also sell the same blocks of ice cream on a slice of multicolored bread, a cone or a cup instead of sandwiched between wafers.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom an ice cream wafer, consisting of a small block of ice cream between two rectangular wafer biscuits, was a popular alternative to a cone up until the 1970s. Since then it has declined and is now rarely seen.[citation needed]


In Scotland they are known as 'sliders' or an ice cream wafer - usually served as vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two rectangle, chocolate wafers.

In Scotland one can buy sliders consisting of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two wafers. Then you can have a nougat wafer (Ice Cream sandwiched between a wafer and a nougat wafer). A nougat wafer is an Italian style meringue between two wafer biscuits and then the meringue encased in chocolate. Then there is the double nougat, Ice Cream sandwiched between two nougat wafers. The wafers are NOT covered in chocolate, only the edges. You would also get snowballs (Italian style meringue covered in chocolate and coconut) and served in cafe's with Ice cream, Oysters, made out of 2 wafer biscuits in the shape of a shell, with cream inside and chocolate and coconut on the outside to hold them together, They are prized open and ice cream added - delicious. The main manufacturer in Glasgow, and most people said the best, was the Verbest Cream Wafer Company which ceased after the manufacturer died in 1963.

United States

In the United States, an ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream, commonly vanilla although other flavors are often used, sandwiched between two wafers, usually chocolate and rectangular. The current version was invented in 1945 by Jerry Newberg when he was selling ice cream at Forbes Field. Pictures from the Jersey Shore circa 1905. "On the beach, Atlantic City," 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company, show Ice Cream sandwiches were popular at 1c each [2].

Alternatives to wafers are often used, such as chocolate chip cookies. Many companies offer alternatives to the conventional ice cream sandwich as well, such as San Francisco's It's-It, who use oatmeal cookies and dip the sandwich in dark chocolate,[3] New Jersey-based Rice Creams Inc. uses a combination of crispy marshmallow wafers and ice cream.[4]

August 2nd is promoted in the United States as 'National Ice Cream Sandwich Day'[5], although the origins of the designation are unclear and there appears to be no evidence to support any official 'national' designation.

See also


  1. ^ Taffel, Jacqui. "Ice little earner", The Sydney Morning Herald, February 7, 2006.
  2. ^
  3. ^ IT'S-IT Ice Cream
  4. ^ Rice Creams, Inc.
  5. ^ Holiday Insights

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