An ice cream sandwich is a frozen dessert consisting of ice cream between two biscuits, skins, wafers, or cookies. The ingredients are different around the world, with Ireland and Israel using wafers, and North America using chocolate cookies.
The earliest mention of ice cream sandwiches in North America come in the year of 1899. Street vendors in New York recently sold slabs of ice cream between sheets of paper, called “hokey pokeys”, until someone had the idea of using cookies instead. Photos from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 show ice cream sandwiches being sold at 1¢ each. The earliest US patent having to do with ice cream sandwiches is by Russell H. Proper for an “Ice Cream Sandwich Machine” in 1921. A Chipwich, where ice cream (usually vanilla) is sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies, is also popular.
A “National Ice Cream Sandwich Day” is set for August 2 and has been celebrated since at least 2005.
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