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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?



May. 16th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
They come in lots of different dimensions in the US - lots of competing brands and styles in the ice cream sandwich market.

From Wikipedia, a photo of a classic cheap one. Lots of companies make them and they come in a wide range of flavors. I seem to recall there will occasionally be brand tie-ins, such as ones whose cookies are shaped like a currently-popular kid's tv character.

For the homemade-look, this list from 2008 of NYC's top 10 ice cream sandwiches has a good range of photos.
May. 16th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Absolutely nothing like them that I've ever seen. How do you stop the ice cream squudging out at the first bite? I think that's what killed the ice cream wafer eventually - even hard ice cream soon melts - and "oysters" don't have that problem.

The biscuits shown are also much bigger than normal for the UK outside of coffee shops.
May. 16th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
You don't. It's part of the challenge.
May. 17th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
That does sound like a big part of why I suspect wafers dropped out of use. A "ladies'" size handkerchief was totally inadequate for getting ice cream off one's face and hands.
May. 17th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
They are slightly different beasts, if I understand correctly. Here, the wafers were applied at the end. In an ice cream sandwich, they are applied at the beginning, wrapped up tightly and the whole thing refrozen as a more cohesive unit. The frozen cookies and bonding time help make it manageable.
May. 17th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Ah, our procedure was completely different.

1. Place first wafer on surface.
2. Take small wrapped block of ice cream from freezer.
3. Unwrap and put on first wafer.
4. Place second wafer on top.
5. Hand to customer.