National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Renee Comet (photographer)

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is celebrated on August 2nd of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

In North America, an ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream, commonly vanilla although other flavors are sometimes used, sandwiched between two wafers, usually chocolate and rectangular. The current version was invented in 1945 by Jerry Newberg when he was selling ice cream at Forbes Field. Pictures from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 “On the beach, Atlantic City”, show Ice Cream sandwiches were popular at 1c each.

Alternatives to wafers are often used, such as chocolate chip cookies, which are used by Chipwich, for example. Many companies offer alternatives to the conventional ice cream sandwich as well, such as San Francisco’s It’s-It, who use oatmeal cookies and dip the sandwich in dark chocolate, New Jersey-based Rice Creams Inc. uses a combination of crispy marshmallow wafers and ice cream.