Choc ice

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Choc ice
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Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsIce cream (typically vanilla), chocolate

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 and without 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.[1]

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 abusing Anton Ferdinand, Rio's brother, as Cole and the Ferdinand brothers are of Caribbean descent.[2]


  1. ^ Butko, Brian. Klondikes, Chipped Ham, & Skyscraper Cones: The Story of Isaly's. Stackpole Books (July, 2001). ISBN 0-8117-2844-7
  2. ^ Rio Ferdinand claims 'choc ice' term is common slang, not racist, The Guardian, 15 July 2012