Tuesday is another made-up food holiday, but we're not mad — it's National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. This event has dubious origins but a clear way to celebrate: First, read some facts. Then, obviously, eat an ice cream sandwich.
Here's your history: The ice cream sandwich was probably invented around the turn of the 20th century, according to Delish.
"The ice cream sandwich man, who sells quarter-inch layers of alleged ice cream between tiny slabs of water wafers, did a big business during the hot spell and his field of operation was within the district inhabited by the Nordic enclaves, and his pushcart was elaborately decorated with signs in runic characters," the New York Tribune wrote in 1900. "He made the sandwiches quickly in a tin mold, and was kept so busy that he could not make change, but insisted on receiving the actual price for each ice cream sandwich — 1 cent."
These days, you have options. And whether you're a Chipwich person or a classic chocolate wafer fan, there are ways for you to snag free treats Tuesday and throughout the month of August. Daysoftheyear.com recommends only that you don't eat the sandwich too fast, lest you contract brain freeze.
Here are 12 deals for ice cream sandwiches, compiled from Twitter and Facebook:
At the Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip in Dallas, you can get a $2 classic ice cream sandwich from 4-8 p.m. local time.
Hood will hand out free s'mores ice cream sandwiches from noon-4 p.m. in City Hall Plaza in Boston.
SuperAmerica locations in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin will give out free M&M ice cream sandwiches with this coupon.
If you buy one ice cream sandwich, you can get another free at Bunn Gourmet in Springfield.
In Fort Myers, Florida, you can buy two ice cream sandwiches and get one free on Tuesday at Simply Eats and Treats.
At the Health Tech Corridor in Cleveland, vendors will be giving out free ice cream from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
In Woodhaven, New York, Boost Mobile will distribute free ice cream from 3-5 p.m.
Customers can head into a NOCO Express location anytime this month to get a free ice cream sandwich.
In Birmingham, Alabama, snag a free ice cream sandwich at 11 a.m. at the Summit mall.
Stop by Martin's Farm Market in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania for a free ice cream sandwich with any purchase.
Check out Bootleggers Cafe in Rocky Mount, Virginia and nab a free ice cream sandwich on Tuesday.
On Saturday, go by CREAM in Northridge, California, for free mini ice cream sandwiches from 2-11 p.m. local time.