A choc ice is the British English term for a generic frozen dessert generally consisting of a rectangular block of ice cream — typically vanilla flavour — thinly coated with chocolate. Views vary as to whether it is a choc ice if it has a stick.
In many countries, there are numerous versions of this dessert produced under different brand names. One notable brand is Klondike. The first one was sold in the United States in 1922 and named after the Klondike River in Alaska and Canada. The concept was patented in the UK by William Crawford and sold on to major confectionery brands such as Walls.
On 14 July 2012 the term 'choc ice' became the focus of a racism row when footballer Rio Ferdinand seemingly endorsed a tweet by a Twitter user who had used the term pejoratively in criticising fellow footballer Ashley Cole, suggesting Cole was figuratively 'black on the outside, white on the inside'. Cole was criticised for 'selling out' when he acted as a defence witness for his club teammate John Terry, who was accused of racially abusingAnton Ferdinand, Rio's brother, as Cole and the Ferdinand brothers are of Caribbean descent. The equivalent in France for the term black outside and white inside is the Bounty, a chocolate bar consisting of coconut inside while the U.S. English equivalent is Oreo.