The first ice cream sandwich was introduced by a New York City pushcart vendor in 1899, according to the book ‘Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making.‘ He sandwiched the ice cream between two graham wafers and the rest is history.
Hot Summer Tea Coolers
During hot weather, these Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches are a perfect addition to an Afternoon Tea, thrown by you.
Baby Shower Tea? Perfect!
Make, or assemble, it’s up to you. Do them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to serve.
Pretty Ice Cream Sandwiches
In the first photo, I used Kadem’s tea biscuits. They have the added bonus of a cute scalloped edge and imprint that adds to the Mini Ice Cream Sandwich appeal. They’re also just about 2-3 bites long, making them the right size for Afternoon Tea material.
All of the assembly ingredients were store bought, and it was just a matter of slicing ice cream rectangles to fit just under the cookie size.
I used a vanilla ice cream, softened it a bit, added chocolate sauce to make it marbled, then froze it into a rectangular freezer proof container for easy cutting. I lined the bottom with parchment so it was easy to remove.
Victorian Style Ice Cream Sandwiches
For the Victorians, ornamental was always better.
The Ice Cream sandwich was invented during the last years of Queen Victoria’s rule, but whether they were popular in Britain I don’t know. However, if they had the option to take something simple (rectangular ice cream sandwich) and turn it into a flower, I’m sure they would have.
In the second photo, I used King Arthur Flour’s ice cream sandwich recipe, using store bought ice cream. The recipe includes the ice cream if you want to make that yourself too, I didn’t.
The KAF recipe is designed to create the ‘classic’ ice cream sandwich, rectangle in shape. Instead of cutting out panels, I used a flower-shaped cookie cutter and used the same method of softening ice cream and re-freezing it into a rectangle so that I could easily cut it into my desired shape.
You can use any cookie cutter ( simplified ones will work better) but just make sure your ice cream slab isn’t so thick that the cutter can’t reach all the way through.
Make it colorful!
My last example…
I used the Kadem Tea Biscuit again (this time in vanilla), with the same process except I dipped the sides in sprinkles before assembling.
Special Tea, indeed!
Making your own Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches from scratch takes a little more work, but it’s well worth it. Or, if you just want to kick back a bit, there’s no shame in semi-homemade.
Either are lovely on a hot, summer day, and they’re a fun addition to a tea gathering.