An ice cream sandwich is a frozen dessert consisting of ice cream between two wafers, cookies, or other similar biscuit.
Within Australia, ice cream sandwiches are given the commercial name of Giant Sandwich recognizable by its distinct blue and pink wrapper, and Monaco Bar recognizable by its gold and black metallic wrapper in the Eastern states. Other varieties include Streets "Cookie", Maxibon (with one-half ice cream sandwich) and Maxibon Cookie, and Pat and Stick's Homemade range recognizable by its circular shape.
The original ice cream sandwich was commonly known as a "cream between". One purchased a small block of ice cream wrapped in paper and placed it between two wafers.
The classic Iranian ice cream sandwich is called بستنی نانی means bread-ice cream, and is made with Iranian traditional ice cream in two pieces of wafer. Iranian traditional ice cream usually is made of shaked milk, eggs, sugar, saffron, sa'lab, rose water, or vanilla.
In North America, an ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream, usually vanilla although other flavors can be used, sandwiched between two wafers, usually chocolate and rectangular. This was originally created and patented by Jack Delaney, Tim Jones, John Defilippis and Sam West in 1963. Pictures from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 "On the beach, Atlantic City", show ice cream sandwiches were popular at 1¢ each. A Chipwich, where ice cream (usually vanilla) is sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies, is also popular.
in Israel, ice cream sandwich is commonly known as "Kasata" (קסטה in Hebrew). The name finds its origin in a variation of the Italian dessert Cassata, which consists of sponge cake and layers of ice cream. The Israeli Kasata, which today has little to do with the Italian Cassata, is fairly popular. It usually consists of two thick biscuits holding a mix of block of vanilla and chocolate flavored ice cream.
Local ice cream sellers/peddlers with their pushcarts that travel around cities sometimes offer ice cream sandwiches, and the bread being the pandesal.
Wafer ice cream is a type of ice cream popular in Singapore, often known as potong (cut) ice cream, which consists of two wafers holding together a block of ice cream. (This is not to be confused with commercially available 'ice potong', which is a rectangular prism of ice cream mounted on a wooden stick.) Vendors are commonly found along Orchard Road and Chinatown and outside schools. A colloquial term for it is "pia ice cream", which translates to "biscuit ice cream" in the Hokkien dialect.
Common flavours offered include ripple, red bean, yam, sweet corn, durian, honeydew, peppermint, chocolate, and chocolate chip.
Wafer ice cream vendors also sell the same blocks of ice cream on slices of multicolored bread, on cones or in cups instead of sandwiched between wafers.
The ice cream block is essentially a huge log of ice cream, which is then cut (hence the name potong) and sandwiched between two wafers. There are differences between countries: Singaporean street vendors do not offer individually wrapped ice cream sandwiches like Australia does.