Vanilla Wafer Ice Cream Sandwiches

Vanilla Wafer Sandwiches

It seems like every once in a while I have a conversation with one of my parents that gives me a glimpse of their childhood that I have never seen before.  I enjoy this when it happens.  It is good for us to hear the stories of previous generations.  We can learn a lot from them.

I guess my parent’s enjoyed my post last week on frugal snacks like graham crackers and frosting or pie crust.  My parent’s found it quite funny that my sisters and I thought my mom was the only one that had come up with the idea of those snacks.  Well, many of you left comments on how you enjoyed them too and that they were part of your childhood.  So, my sisters and I now know that this is something many people used to do in order to avoid waste. My mom was not the only one that made those treats.

When my dad and I were having a conversation about all of that, he started talking about this great dessert his mom, my grandmother, used to make.  It was not really a recipe, just a quick and fun dessert.  He said he loved it and it was such a treat because they rarely could afford store bought treats.  He also said his dad loved it.  He said it was one of his dad’s favorite desserts to eat.

What was it?  It was ice cream sandwiches made from vanilla wafers.  When my dad told me about them I immediately thought, why I hadn’t I thought of that!  That is a great idea. My grandma was so smart to do that. A whole box of vanilla wafers and a container of ice cream would feed a ton of kids or people dessert. Everyone could have one or two and feel like they got dessert without really eating that much.

My dad said my grandma almost always had a box of vanilla wafers in the back of the cupboard so that she could make these for a quick dessert when she needed it.

After my dad told me about these I knew I needed to try it.  So, I got a box of vanilla wafers this week at the store and we made vanilla wafer ice cream sandwiches one night.  My kids thought they were great.  I liked them because after only one or two I felt like I had dessert, but I had not eaten a lot of dessert. I will be making these again.

I think they would make a great idea for a kid’s party. You can make a whole bunch ahead of time and place them in the freezer. Then for the party all you have to do is take them out and serve them.  It really is an easy, frugal, and fun dessert.

What a great idea and a great story dad, thanks!

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Comments

  1. I, like so many others, have made many of the graham cracker/icing snacks but this one is totally new to me and such a great idea. I can’t wait to do this one!!!
    Susan

  2. great idea!

  3. That’s a great snack! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Liz

  4. wafers are my favorite. This week I did sangria fro recipe sharing. I hope you’ll stop by my site and share this tasty post:

    http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/07/fridays-feasts-white-sangria.html

  5. A recipe that my grand-daughters can do with me. We have a tea party on Saturdays. We’ll have to make these for are next tea party. Geri

  6. This is a wonderful tip! There are so many different flavor and color combinations! Such a fun addition to a summer party or BBQ. Make a head and pop into the freezer. Then pull them out when dessert is presented. WOW! Delicious!

    Thanks for sharing your family’s secret treasures with the rest of us. (I have never had these Ice cream sandwiches, but I have had pie crust cookies and frosting w/graham crackers. But we all need reminders about these things from time to time.)

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Shari

  7. These look so yummy and easy! I love yummy and easy LOL! And I love the fact that it is a little self-contained desert :)

  8. Sounds like a fun and light summer dessert! The kids are going to love it–Nilla wafers and ice cream? How can you go wrong?

  9. Never had them with vanilla waffers but my mom used to make them with graham crackers. Of course I never heard of the grahams and icing until I starting teaching. One of the treats my class would make was grahams, blue tented icing and goldfish crackers. It was a big hit every year and my pre-k’s just loved making their own “ponds”. After trying the the first time, it was so good we often tented the frosting whatever color we were working on ( Pre-k remember) and then make our own sandwish cookies with them.
    Never had the pie crust snack either, but many a time my mom would make homemade chocolate pudding (not box stuff) for pie and the crust would come out of the freezer all broken so she’d back it, give us a bit of the pudding with pieces of the crust to dip. Loved it better than pie, the crust was always very crunchy. Of course when she made her own crust we never got that treat :o(

  10. These are so darling! The endless possibilities with different ice cream flavors! I like how I could make them and freeze them for later!!

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