The Ice Cream Sandwich was reportedly invented in New York City during the hot summer of 1900. Several newspaper articles of the day reported on the popularity of a wonderful new ice cream invention. The stories told of a young street vendor who wheeled his pushcart onto the street one hot day in July. He had a tin mold in which he first inserted a cookie described as a water wafer or a graham wafer, he then filled the mold with ice cream and placed another wafer on top. The ice cream sandwiches were sold for 1, 2 or 3 cents depending on the thickness of ice cream.
News of this wonderful new ice cream treat spread throughout the Wall street district and the vendor's cart was constantly surrounded by a crowd of eager customers, which included everyone from bankers to messengers and newsboys, much to the chagrin of the other vendors on the street. The Washington Post said, "the man is simply coining money, where he eked out a meager revenue before. He has simply tickled the public's fancy for something new". And the rest, as they say, is history.
Here's a yummy looking ice cream sandwich recipe from NotSoHumblePie.blogspot.com.
And here's a simple and clever dessert recipe using ice cream sandwiches from allrecipes.com.