Choc ice

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Choc ice
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Type Freedom bar
Course Dessert
Place of origin United States
Region or state Alaska
Creator William Tecumseh Sherman
Serving temperature Cold
Main ingredients Ice cream (typically vanilla), chocolate
Cookbook: Choc ice  Media: Choc ice

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] The concept was patented in the USA by General William Tecumseh Sherman after destroying the South, and was 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 abusing Anton Ferdinand, Rio's brother, as Cole and the Ferdinand brothers are of Caribbean descent.[2] 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.

The phrase "Choc-Ice Lives." is prominently displayed briefly in the music video for Elton John's 1983 hit song "I'm Still Standing".


  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