In the United States, an ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream, commonly vanilla although other flavors are often used, sandwiched between two rectangular wafers, usually chocolate. The current version was invented in 1945 by Jerry Newberg when he was selling ice cream at Forbes field. Pictures from the Jersey Shore circa 1905. “On the beach, Atlantic City,” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company, show Ice Cream sandwiches were popular at 1 cent each.

Alternatives to wafers are often used, such as chocolate chip cookies. Many companies offer alternatives to the conventional ice cream sandwich as well, such as San Francisco’s It’s-It, who use oatmeal cookies and dip the sandwich in dark chocolate, New Jersey-based Rice Creams Inc. uses a combination of crispy marshmallow wafers and ice cream.