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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! How Will You Mark the Occasion?
Whether you need something fun to perk up the family, or whether you just love a good excuse to celebrate something, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is a great way to have some simple fun, alone, or with friends or family. If you are a parent of tweens, teens, or younger kids, this is a great way to build some family unity! Ice cream can always be counted on to make for good times and great memories! Regardless of why, or how you might choose to celebrate it, you can make this August 2 more than just a normal, average day!
Low Key Ways to Mark the Day
For those who don't get all that excited over these little "National This, That, and the Other Thing" Days, it's simple enough to skip the day, but it's also simple enough to swing by your local grocery store and pick up a box of simple ice cream sammies!
Note to Self:
Pick up plenty of ice cream sandwiches! Prior to August 2!
Note to Readers: Ice cream products are often on sale all through the summer...get to know your store's rotation, and if you see a great deal in July, snatch a few extra packs of ice cream sandwiches to put in your freezer.
Find a Freezer at Amazon
When you search your local home stores and department stores, there are generally limited options in terms of designs and styles. Amazon features unusual sized freezers, and a wide range of options in both uprights, and chest freezers. A freezer is a sanity saver during the hot summer months, a great means of storing extra ice cream sandwiches, as well as popsicles, and other treats. Furthermore, as summer ends, and harvesting of garden produce finishes, your freezer will safeguard your frozen produce for winter pies, breads, and soups.
Let's make it more exciting!
If you are content with a low-key observation of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, that's fine. For those who want to have some fun with the day, whether with their kids, their friends, or on their own, following are some Ice Cream Sandwich activities and ideas to keep you supplied with ideas far beyond August 2.
The commonly recognized version of the commercially sold ice-cream sandwich, traditionally a rectangular sandwich of cake-like cookies, with a center of vanilla ice cream, were invented in 1945, though similar treats have been in existence in many countries, dating to earlier times. An exact origin isn't as important as the taste, and many folks love this simple, easy to handle treat.
Ice cream companies vary the concept, and during my teen years, I remember selling round ice cream sandwiches during a summer tenure at Baskin Robbins. Some commercially marketed versions are round, as well. Creativity can be fun, though, when you work with your own choices of cookies, and ice creams.
Nostalgia Electrics ICS-100 Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Essentially, this is a Pizelle Maker, marketed for the purpose of making cookies for ice cream sandwiches. A pizelle maker would work well, also, but generally, pizelle makers are a bit more expensive, so this is a fun and economical alternative. The machine has two cookie shapes, rectangular, and round, perfect for creating some variety. Allow your cookies to cool, and use the included molds in order to assemble neatly your ice cream sammies.
A special ice cream sandwich maker isn't a necessity, but it can be a lot of fun, something to engage young cooks in the creative process that the kitchen encourages. However, any type of cookie you can think of will probably work, so start brainstorming, and decide on your own household approach!
The filling is just as important as the cookie, and there is a multitude of ice cream choices to work with. Your family might choose a simple single flavor, or you might decide to provide a variety of choices.
For an elegant ice cream sandwich, why not try a raspberry sorbet filling, with sugar cookies as the outer shell?
For a decadent ice cream sandwich, why not dip in melted chocolate chips, allowing the chocolate shell to cool back down (on a tray, in the freezer), for a Klondike Bar sort of treat? Drizzle with white chocolate to contrast. Or dip in white chocolate, and drizzle with dark!
Use a melon baller to make mini ice cream scoops, and sandwich between 'Nilla wafers, for mini ice cream sandwiches.
Make an extra thick layer of ice cream, so that there is a significant ice cream surface area exposed on the sides of the sandwich. Dip these edges in jimmies or sprinkles, or nuts.
There are plenty of possibilities. Have a blast brainstorming. Make it a mildly educational activity, and see if you and the kids can figure out how many unique sandwich types you could create, given a certain selection of ingredients. Have the kids create their own ice cream sandwich menu, and illustrate it, to commemorate the day!
Girl Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwich Set
Girl Gourmet Products are great for inspiring your upper elementary aged daughter in working with baking and kitchen concepts. By age 11, your daughter will probably move beyond these basics, but for the 7-10 year old, this is a great series of fun products.
Ice Cream Sandwich Molds
Whale Ice Cream Spade
Add to the fun of the summer, with this clever, whale-shaped ice cream spade.
Make Mini Ice Cream Scoops with a Melon Baller
Whether you want a miniature ice cream sandwich, or a variety of flavors incorporated into a larger sandwich, a melon baller is perfect for creating miniature sized scoops of ice cream!