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Americans love ice cream.
History tells us that at
the end of the 19th century ice cream was firmly entrenched in American
society and with its popularity came many new inventions. One invention was the ice cream cone which made its debut
at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Then in the 1920s we had the first chocolate-covered ice cream
bar (Eskimo Pie), the banana split, ice cream cakes, the first chocolate
covered ice cream bar on a stick (the Good Humor Ice Cream Sucker), and
the ice cream sandwich.
John Mariani in his excellent 'The Dictionary of
American Food and Drink' tells us that the first ice cream sandwiches were made
with cake-like chocolate cookies. Of course, variations followed and with
that came ice cream sandwiches made with oatmeal cookies and then in the 1980s the 'Chipwich' which, as the name implies, were made with chocolate chip cookies.
for ice cream sandwiches are like the original in that we are combining chocolate cake with ice cream.
In the past I have always used these
chocolate cookies but then I found,
and adapted, this recipe for Ice Cream Sandwiches from Everyday FoodFresh Flavor
Fast that uses a chocolate sheet cake. The important thing to watch
for in this recipe is not to overbake the cake. If it's over baked it
tends to crack so check this cake a few minutes before the end of the
stated baking time. It makes eight ice cream
sandwiches that really do taste like the ones you buy. I like how the
chocolate cake stays nice and soft even when frozen. Of course, homemade
ice cream is very good in these sandwiches but any flavor of good quality store
bought ice cream can be used. Another great thing about this recipe
is that you can make the ice cream sandwiches up to a week ahead, which is
perfect as a make ahead dessert when entertaining.
Brownies are America's
favorite bar cookie and these are rich and dense with chocolate.
Although you may be able
to buy these gorgeous buns, nothing compares to the smiles you are
rewarded with when your family wakes up to the smell of these baking
in the oven. more
Everyone loves the
elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit.
Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of
berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one
can resist its beauty. more
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