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Ice cream sandwiches

We started discussing ice cream sandwiches last night, apropos of the next Android OS. C. wasn't entirely sure what an ice cream sandwich even is.

Save me a potentially-fruitless trip to the grocery story, oh LJ: are ice cream sandwiches commercially available in the UK?



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May. 16th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
I remember something similar at the cinema (in the days when cinemas had intermissions) but it wasn't called an ice cream sandwich.
May. 16th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
I wonder what it was called.
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May. 16th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
You know, I haven't actually looked for one since moving here, but Wikipedia seems to suggest not:
"Ireland, England and Wales

In Ireland, England and Wales 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 1970s. Since then it has declined and is now rarely seen.[citation needed]"

We await confirmation or denial from an actual native of the UK with bated breath.
I've now added another thing to my list of 'foodstuffs I have a hankering for' to insist upon eating during my upcoming visit back to the USA. I'm really psyched that I'm actually stopping off for the night to visit friends in Chicago... REAL Chicago deep dish pizza!! and here I woulda just been satisfied with the 'cover version' as done at any of the 'Chicago style' pizza joints around the Midwest.
May. 16th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
If they aren't available here I will, for the first time, make them myself with chocolate chip cookies.

Like you, I have gone years without missing them, but thanks to the power of suggestion, I am now missing them!
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May. 16th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
I've never been sure what one is either. It does conjure up an odd image though; I'm assuming bread that would go rapidly soggy isn't actually involved?
May. 16th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
They have a biscuit base and topping. Whether or not it goes soggy when melting depends on what kind of biscuit was used for the sandwiches. Cheap ones with chocolate biscuits like in bourbon creams tend to. More expensive ones with biscuits like a decent choc chip, generally will stay crunchy.
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May. 16th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'd say in this country (UK, England, Nottinghamshire) it would have been two wafers of the rectangular gridded variety. But I don't think I've seen one for 25 years
May. 16th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm more sorry you can't get a proper elephant's foot.
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May. 16th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Never seen them for sale, but easy to make your own - buy block icecream (if you can get it) and a pack of wafers.
May. 16th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
As others have said, it sounds like an ice cream wafer (two rectangular wafer biscuits with a small brick-like block of ice cream in between) and hasn't been seen for decades. To start with, the little hard blocks of ice cream seem to have vanished; one used to be able to get cones with rectangular tops that the blocks would fit into, but now cones all seem to be soft ice cream, which back in my childhood was very rare indeed.
May. 16th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing as freezers became more standard? There was a definite shift from going outside to an ice cream van with a bowl, to a Walls block, to a tub and a scoop. I remember having those square cones, but I don't remember individual choc-ice size blocks at home. At school we sometimes got a cylinder of ice cream, like an arctic roll without the jam sponge.
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May. 16th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
They used to exist but they don't really any more. I have sometimes seen them in chest freezers of icecream-onna-stick, but they're usually only in for a season or so, not something you can always find (like choc-ices or cornettos or that sort of thing).
May. 16th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Nope, absolutely not -- and as you see, there's no tradition of them in any context, even home made. The canonical biscuits you get in ice cream sandwiches don't really exist here; sort of like a softer larger version of an Oreo.

You could just eat Arctic roll.

And as for Graham crackers...

May. 16th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Mmm, graham crackers.
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May. 16th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
If you mean an 'ice cream wafer' a quick check of the internets suggests that the beast has not been seen on the streets since the mid 1980s (possibly when Walls, which made the small 'blocks' that fitted between the wafers, 'streamlined' its company facilities in 1983.)

I have fond memories of buying both wafers and solid cylinder 'cones' in Woolworths in the 60s - all, alas, gone.
May. 16th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
I was forgetting the cylinders (popped into the top of round cones) or possibly blanking them out?
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May. 16th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
The closest that you'll probably get nowadays in the UK is an ice cream oyster (one of those at the top of this page, opened up and filled with whippy ice cream. Nuts, flake and syrup optional).
May. 16th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
ice cream sandwiches
If you can't buy them, make them. I love to make homemade icecream sandwiches! Well, almost homemade, more like home assembled. Get any cookie dough from the refrigerator section. Slice and bake. After they cool, add a large scoop of any flavor ice cream inbetween two cookies. Wrap in saran wrap and press down to ensure the icecream hits the edges of the cookies. Place in the freezer unti ready. You can get really creative!
May. 16th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: ice cream sandwiches
It's possible I've never noticed (in that section the only thing I'm ever looking for is Jus-Roll Puff Pastry) but "cookie dough" and "UK supermarkets" don't seem to go together very well.
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May. 16th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Pretty much what they all said. I have seen chocolate coated wafers in ice cream vans on occasion, but the rectangular blocks are long gone. I have never had an ice cream sandwiched between two biscuits or cookies, and rather imagine the whole thing could become rapidly too messy to eat because of the crunch tending to squidge the filling out.
May. 16th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
You used to be able to get the Ben and Jerry's 'Wich in the UK, at least up until last year (Waitrose used to stock them). However I haven't seen any this year and they seem to have disappeared even from the Ben and Jerry's website.
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May. 18th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Nougat wafers
I'm very surprised no-one here has mentioned these. My favourite version of what you are calling an ice-cream sandwich was the nougat wafer one. This was a plain wafer on one side, but on the other a wafer with a quarter inch layer of soft nougat with chocolate around the edge. Twice the price of a plain wafer "sandwich", but alwasy worth the extra!
May. 16th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
No. It's very depressing.
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