Adapt the concept of an ice cream social to a DIY ice cream sandwich social (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour).
An easy way to make coffee milk: Just add coffee syrup, as in this recipe from Cocktail Crafty.
July is National Ice Cream Month. In our neck of the woods, gourmet ice cream sandwiches have been the rage for a while.
What makes them “gourmet,” beyond the super-premium ice cream, is the sandwiching—usually homemade cookies in chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter and snickerdoodle.
When we make our own cookies for homemade ice cream sandwiches, we make chocolate-dipped graham crackers. When people ask what they can bring, we assign them a batch of cookies.
There’s plenty of time to invite friends and family for a casual ice cream social* this weekend or next. You set out the fixings, and let guests make their own sandwiches.
Then, make up your menu:
Limit the cookie, ice cream and garnish choices the first time out. See what gets consumed most; then you can vary the choices next time.
What beverages go best with ice cream sandwiches?
Youngsters might clamor for soft drinks, but coffee and tea, hot and iced, go best.
You know your guests: Are they insistent on beer and wine, or would they be happy with an iced coffee—with a shot of vodka or coffee liqueur?
Consider these options, each of which can be enjoyed plain or with a shot:
RECIPE: VANILLA MILK or COFFEE MILK
Ingredients Per 8-Ounce Glass
ICE CREAM SOCIAL HISTORY
An ice cream social is a party where people come to eat ice cream.
Ice cream socials date back to 18th-century America, long before the dawn of electric freezers—not to mention electric ice cream makers. The ice cream was hand-cranked.
While a laborious undertaking, ice cream socials were very popular, traditional gatherings. According to Wikipedia:
The first ice cream social in America was in 1744, when Maryland governor Thomas Bladen served ice cream for a dinner party.
The first ice cream social in the White House was in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson.
When ice cream became more common to the public in the mid-1800s, schools and churches began to host ice cream socials. Those held outdoors by the well-to-do became known as ice cream gardens.
Some churches and communities still hold them today, but an ice cream social is an easy party to throw at home.
If you have neither garden nor other outdoor space, you can still host a delightful ice cream social.
ICE CREAM TRIVIA: THE FIRST FLAVOR
Many people would guess that vanilla was the first ice cream flavor, but that is actually not the case.
You have to think back to the origins of ice cream, around 2000 B.C.E. in China, when the first ice cream was snow, flavored with fruit syrups.
The Roman emperor Nero, The Roman Emperor Nero, who ascended the throne in 54 C.E., had ice and snow brought from the mountains, where it was combined with fruit toppings, honey and nuts. to create chilled delicacies. had servants go into the mountains to collect snow that was used to make a frozen dessert flavored with honey, nuts, and fruit toppings.
Perhaps his cooks might be credited for creating the first sundae?
Vanilla, which originated in Mexico, didn’t become ___. Here’s the history of vanilla.
*To estimate how many you’ll need, multiply 2 cookies/sandwich times 2 sandwiches/guest.