How to Celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day! Celebrate with these delicious twists on the favorite treat.

Cheryl Butler,
August 2, 2016

August 2nd is one of the perfect summer celebrations—it’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! Ice cream sandwiches come in many varieties. In their traditional form, vanilla ice cream is tucked between two thin layers that resemble chocolate cake.

The sweet, deliciously cold treat came about back in 1899.  According to the book Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making by Jeri Quinzio, the ice cream sandwich was created in 1899 by an unknown pushcart peddler in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City. These sandwiches consisted of vanilla ice cream pressed between two thin graham wafers. The treat was revolutionary not only because it was hand-held and portable, but also because the heat from the hands helped to soften the ice cream, making it easier to eat. 

The modern ice cream sandwich that we know, a slice of vanilla between two rectangular chocolate cookies, was invented by Jerry Newberg who sold ice cream at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Today the frozen sandwich takes all kinds of forms and is relished all over the world.  

Ice Cream is a treat that families enjoy together during the summer. In honor of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, here are a few new twists on this summertime favorite.

Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwiches

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 can of large, refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • 1 pint of your favorite ice cream

What to Do:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.   Slice the cinnamon rolls evenly.
  3.  Place on tray and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  5.  With a large knife, slice your favorite ice cream pint horizontally, making a perfect circle of ice cream.
  6.  Place your sliced ice cream on top of one cinnamon roll, and top with a second cinnamon roll.

Waffles and Cream

This concoction of a heavenly waffle and your favorite flavor of ice cream couldn’t be any more perfect!

If you choose to make your own waffles with a waffle iron, all the better, but frozen waffles work just as well.  Simply prepare the waffles, scoop one large portion of your favorite ice cream and devour.  (Pizelle cookies are another fun way to enjoy this idea.)

Other Tasty Twists

Rice Cakes (chocolate and apple cinnamon are delicious choices)

Cereal Bars that have a fruit filling

Fig Newton Cookies

Rice Krispie Treats

Pop Tarts


Whether you stick with the classic version of the tasty ice cream sandwich or decide to try a brand new concoction such as one of the ideas mentioned here, don’t forget to celebrate today!

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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