Craving a sweet treat? There is nothing like the ice-cream sandwich which is refreshing, creamy and soul-satisfying. When it comes to snacking, most people would agree that ice-cream sandwiches serve both purposes -- quenching the evening-time hunger pangs as well as elevating the ice-cream experience.

The dessert that is sure to hit the spot during a hot summer day is made by stuffing a generous amount of ice cream between two biscuits, cookies, or wafers.

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is celebrated on Aug. 2 each year to honor the delightful dessert. Below are some fun facts about the sandwiched ice cream that is worth screaming for. (Courtesy:

  • The first-known ice cream sandwich was sold for a penny.
  • A pushcart peddler in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City is credited with the introduction of ice cream sandwiches in 1900. He placed ice cream between two graham crackers.
  • The vendor's idea became commercially popular by 1902 and the peddler was busy making sandwiches to order.
  • The ice cream sandwich that contained vanilla ice cream between two rectangular-shaped cookies was invented by Jerry Newburg, who sold ice cream at Forbes Field in Pittsburg. He sold these sandwiches in 1945 when they were mass-produced.
  • 48 ice cream sandwiches are eaten every second on an average in the U.S.
  • Ice cream sandwiches are called giant sandwiches in Australia.
  • Ice cream sandwiches were made in the U.S., but many countries have come up with their own versions. The Iranian version of the ice cream sandwich is made using Persian ice cream stuffed between two pieces of bread.

Some recipes for ice cream sandwiches:

  • The classic ice cream sandwich: Traditional vanilla ice cream stuffed between two layers of chocolate cake. Recipe here.
  • Cookie ice cream sandwiches: Ice cream nestled between choco-chip cookies. Recipe here.
  • Ice cream sandwich cake: Regular ice cream sandwich dotted with loads of roasted peanuts. Recipe here.
  • Mocha brownie ice cream sandwiches: Tasty mocha brownies containing vanilla ice cream. Recipe here.
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