Skip to content

Cooling-off period: The origins of the ice-cream sandwich

    August 2nd is “National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.” It was 120 years ago that the ice-cream sandwich made its first appearance in New York City.

    “The earliest mentions come in 1899. Street vendors in New York previously sold slabs of ice cream between sheets of paper, called “hokey pokeys”, until someone had the idea of using cookies instead. Photos from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 show ice cream sandwiches being sold at 1¢ each.”

    Fun Fact: The 30-44 age group buys the most ice cream sandwiches.