There’s something nostalgic about an ice cream sandwich. Whether it's a Klondike Bar, a Hood Ice Cream Sandwich, or some cold vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies, with each bite we remember the sound of the ice cream truck, summer vacation, childhood memories.   

 

The first ice cream sandwich was sold by a New York City pushcart salesman in 1899, making this summer favorite over a century old. Although, if 1899 seems ancient, it may provide an alluring perspective to know that the origins of ice cream date back to the second century B.C.E. Alexander the Great, King Solomon, and Emperor Nero each enjoyed the treat in honey, nectar, and fruit juice flavors -- in actuality, more “flavored snow” than ice “cream.” Over one thousand years later, in the thirteenth century, Marco Polo returned from China with a recipe closely resembling sherbert, a treat the Chinese had been consuming since the seventh century. From Italy, the recipe spread throughout Europe and evolved as it went. By 1660 the Ice Cream, made of blended milk, cream, eggs, and butter, became available to the public at the Café Procope in Paris.

In America, Ice Cream has tied itself to the country’s own history, becoming a symbol of all the sweetest parts of the country’s own history. George Washington first helped popularize ice cream as a rare treat reserved largely for the political elite. First Lady Dolley Madison, allegedly, even served oyster ice cream at White House Dinners. Throughout the 19th Century technological advancements like refrigeration popularized ice cream. As availability increased as did innovative ways of consumption: ice cream sodas, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream sundaes. During prohibition, the American population traded one indulgence for another, alcohol for sugar, and ice cream sales increased by fifty-five percent. Yet more innovative ways of consumption appeared, including the Drumstick and Good Humor bars.

 

In World War II, ice cream served as an edible symbol of morale and future victory. The Navy had an ice cream barge capable of producing over a gallon of ice cream a minute served to troops in the Western Pacific to combat fatigue. When the War was won, America celebrated with ice cream.

 

 

Following the war, ice cream’s dominance as a quintessentially American, summer treat became unmatched. Brands like Häagen-Dazs and Dairy Queen produced new flavors, new ice-cream-involving dessert recipes were popularized, and methods of consumption continued to shift. 

Today, the average American consumes over twenty-three pounds of ice cream a year. Somehow this sweet recipe, rooted in millenia-old empires, oceans away, is a staple of the American diet.

However, at Rip Van we want you to enjoy ice cream -- the healthy way. While big-brand ice cream sandwiches are loaded with added sugars and empty calories, modern innovations in health and food science provide alternative solutions. The Rip Van Ice Cream Sandwich, uses only low-sugar ingredients, allowing you to indulge in all the nostalgia, of our childhood favorite ice cream sandwiches minus the guilt.

 

 

It’s simple: sandwich your favorite ice cream/gelato between two Rip Van Wafels. We used Halo Top’s Mint Chip Ice Cream between two of our classic Dutch Caramel & Vanilla stroopwafels.

 

Our Rip Van Ice Cream Sandwich contains only 7g sugar compared to the 14g in a Klondike Bar or a Hood Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

Give this “how-to-eat” a try, get creative, and get in touch to let us know how you made your Rip Van Ice Cream Sandwich!