Ice cream sandwich
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|Ice cream sandwich|
|Main ingredient(s)||Ice cream (usually vanilla), biscuits or cookies or cake|
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).
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.
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 "phia ice cream", which translates to "biscuit ice cream" in the Hokkien dialect.
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.
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. 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
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.
In North America, an ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream, commonly 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.
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, that uses oatmeal cookies and dips the sandwich in dark chocolate,
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