Ice cream sandwiches are a treat any day of the year, but they can be especially refreshing when the mercury is high.
According to the new Ice Cream Social, ice cream sandwiches may have evolved from a treat called “okey-pokey” that was offered by street vendors in London. This dessert was a slice of vanilla ice cream cut from a large board. Food historians believe an easier, more portable way to enjoy a serving of ice cream, and ice cream sandwiches, was invented in 1899 by an unnamed push cart seller in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City. This vendor offered vanilla ice cream between two graham crackers.
Jerry Newberg is credited with the modern ice cream sandwich, the most famous oblong serving of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. Newberg began selling these novelties at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh in 1945. Ice cream sandwiches gained popularity at this time due to their portability as well as their flavour, so much so that the famous Carvel® ice cream company unveiled their own style of ice cream sandwich – The Flying Saucer ® – in 1951 to celebrate the opening of its 100th store.
Other manufacturers have incarnations of their ice cream sandwiches, and the ingredients vary around the world. Cookies, cakes, biscuits, or other ingredients act as the “bread” to hold the ice cream in place. Novelties are also not difficult to make at home. People can try it at home by eating diluted ice cream and placing it among their home-baked or store-bought cookies.
Ice cream sandwiches can also be turned into other desserts, such as an ice cream sandwich cake or an ice box cake. All we need is a few ingredients and some imagination.
Unroll the ice cream sandwiches and place them in a cake pan, such as a rectangular or circular skillet (cut sandwiches in half for a springform pan and layer them vertically versus horizontally in a rectangular pan), with hot fudge and caramel sauce and whipped topping, to taste. Toppings such as chopped nuts, sprinkles, crackers, or chopped chocolate bars can be added to the cake to customize the flavor. Finish with a topping of whipped topping for “frosting.” The ice cream cake should be covered and frozen for at least 30 minutes before serving. The internet is full of ice cream sandwich cake recipes in greater detail for those who need a little more how-to. This is a treat that may not have a lot of leftovers.