Ice cream sandwich

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Ice cream sandwich
Type Ice cream
Main ingredients Ice cream (usually vanilla), biscuits or cookies or cake
Cookbook:Ice cream sandwich  Ice cream sandwich

An ice cream sandwich is ice cream filled in two chocolate wafers.


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]

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.


Classic Iranian bread-ice cream

The classic Iranian ice cream sandwich is called بستنی نانی means bread-ice cream, and is made with Iranian traditional ice cream in two pieces of wafer. Iranian traditional ice cream usually is made of shaked milk, eggs, sugar, saffron, sa'lab, rose water, or vanilla.[2]

New Zealand and Australia[edit]

The classic New Zealand Australian ice cream sandwich is the Vanilla Slice, which is sold as a small wrapped slice of vanilla ice cream with two pink wafer biscuits packaged separately.[3]

North America[edit]

In North America, an ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream, usually vanilla although other flavors are sometimes used, sandwiched between two wafers, usually chocolate and rectangular. Pictures from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 "On the beach, Atlantic City", show ice cream sandwiches were popular at 1¢ each.[4]

Alternatives to wafers are often used, such as chocolate chip cookies, which are used by Chipwich, for example. Many companies offer alternatives to the conventional ice cream sandwich as well, such as San Francisco's It's-It, which uses oatmeal cookies and dips the sandwich in dark chocolate.[5] Los Angeles-based Coolhaus produces gourmet ice cream sandwiches with inventive flavors, such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookies or Chocolate Chipotle BBQ Jack Daniels ice cream.[6]


Ice cream sandwich

Local ice cream sellers/peddlers with their pushcarts that travel around cities sometimes offer ice cream sandwiches, and the bread being the pandesal.


Wafer ice cream is a type of ice cream popular in Singapore, often known as potong (cut) ice cream, which consists of two wafers holding together a block of ice cream. (This is not to be confused with commercially available 'ice potong', which is a rectangular prism of ice cream mounted on a wooden stick.) Vendors are commonly found along Orchard Road and Chinatown and outside schools. A colloquial term for it is "pia ice cream", which translates to "biscuit ice cream" in the Hokkien dialect.

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 slices of multicolored bread, on cones or in cups instead of sandwiched between wafers.

The ice cream block is essentially a huge log of ice cream, which is then cut (hence the name potong) and sandwiched between two wafers. It is interesting to note the differences between countries: Singaporean street vendors do not offer individually wrapped ice cream sandwiches like Australia does.

United Kingdom[edit]

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 1980s. Since then it has declined and is now rarely seen.[citation needed] A "nougat wafer" was also available. Typically a vanilla block sandwiched between one plain wafer and one chocolate-covered nougat one. Nougat wafers came in double or triple varieties, depending on the number of nougat wafers in the construction.

Scotland and Ireland[edit]

A neapolitan ice cream sandwich prepared with wafers

In Scotland and Ireland they are known as "sliders" or an ice cream wafer, and are usually served as vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two rectangular chocolate wafers. A "double nougat" is ice cream sandwiched between two nougat wafers. The wafers are not covered in chocolate, only the edges. The main manufacturer in Glasgow was the Verbest Cream Wafer Company which ceased after the manufacturer died in 1963.[citation needed]


In Vietnam, an ice cream sandwich called bánh mì kẹp kem is commonly sold on the street as a snack. It consists of scoops of ice cream stuffed inside a bánh mì, topped with crushed peanuts.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taffel, Jacqui. "Ice little earner", The Sydney Morning Herald, February 7, 2006.
  2. ^ "بستنی سنتی زعفرانی". iranchef. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Roy Colbert (25 May 2010). "Wafer or waffle, the ice cream wins". The Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Endless Summer: 1905 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive". Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  5. ^ "IT'S-IT Ice Cream". Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  6. ^ Vasios Mullins, Carrie (2013-06-11). "We Try All the New Pre-Packaged Ice Cream Sandwiches from Coolhaus". Serious Eats. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Sài Gòn: Mua 'vé về tuổi thơ' với bánh mì kẹp kem siêu rẻ" [Saigon: Purchase a "ticket to childhood" with super-cheap ice cream sandwiches]. Trí Thức Trẻ (in Vietnamese) (Hội Trí thức Khoa học và Công nghệ Trẻ Việt Nam). April 18, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 

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