Americans Love Ice Cream
At any given time, 87% of American homes have ice cream in the freezer. That leads the world – Americans eat approximately 26 quarts of ice cream per person every year. That is a LOT … OF … ICE … CREAM.
I don’t eat that much ice cream – I am not sure I even eat 1 quart – so whoever is eating my other 25 … YOU’RE WELCOME.
Ben and Jerry’s is the most popular brand of ice cream in the United States. Cherry Garcia is their biggest selling flavor.
scooping ice cream
The Beginning – What Could Be Better than Ice Cream and Cookies?!
Jerry Newberg is credited with creating the modern ice cream sandwich (he ones with the chocolate wafer!) in 1945. The ice cream maker sold his creation at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, PA. At the time, the storied location was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.
Years later, his grandson admitted that the family had heard his grandfather’s stories about selling the amazing ice cream sandwiches to the fans for all his life. The grandson added his grandfather’s name to Wikipedia (the encyclopedia updated by readers) as the inventor. “We love him and he said he was the first.”
Kids Cooking – Why is it good for kids to help in the kitchen?
The benefits are endless. When kids help in the kitchen they learn:
- A Life Skill – nothing PREPARES you for life like DOING life
- It’s never too early. As soon as they can sit up, listen, and be safe, they can be a part of the big daily routine of taking care of one another – by preparing meals
- More adventurous eaters – kids who help with the food aren’t usually picky eaters and more likely to try new things
- Research shows that people who eat more home-cooked meals are healthier and eat less sugar and sodium
- The kitchen is a great way to develop language skills! Different names, different sounds…a whole lot of “What’s That?”
- Once reading, they can practice by reading the recipes to you
- Counting Skills – 2 spoons of this, 1/2 cup measure, set the timer for 5 minutes
- The kitchen is a mini science lab. Kids can see things change texture, form, color, temperature
- What a great place to talk about everything – the Kitchen is the heart of your home
How Do I Make Ice Cream at Home?
Mostly, people make ice cream at home in electric ice cream freezer, frozen bowl ice cream freezing appliances or by the popular no-churn method. Years ago, families would gather to use the churning ice cream freezer – it took more than one person to complete the multi-hour activity. But, there was no internet, no gaming, no cable…so they were looking for something to do, I’m sure.
Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Kid-Friendly Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 1 qt. vanilla bean ice cream
- 4 square waffles cut into 8 rectangles (or 8 Eggo® Wafflers)
- Optional topping ideas:
- Chocolate sauce
- Chopped nuts
- Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and arrange the waffles on a large, rimmed baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, flipping the waffles halfway through. Once waffles are golden brown, remove baking sheet from oven and set aside to cool for several minutes.
- Add a scoop of ice cream to four of the waffles and spread into an even layer. Top each with one of the remaining toasted waffles to create a “sandwich.”
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