…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding… every kid in the neighborhood used to perk up when they heard the Good Humor Man’s bells as he drove up and down Crescent Drive. Mom, can I have a dime for a Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich? That was my favorite. The Good Humor Man had a truck full of classics… Drumsticks, Sidewalk Sundaes and their version of a Sandwich—an Ice Cream Sandwich.
Their history started in 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio, when confectioner Harry Burt created a chocolate coating compatible with ice cream. His daughter was the first to try it. Her verdict? It tasted great but was too messy to eat.
Burt’s son suggested freezing the sticks used for their Jolly Boy Suckers (Burt’s earlier invention) into the ice cream to make a handle and things took off from there.
The Good Humor name came from the belief that a person’s "humor", or temperament, was related to the humor of the palate.
Soon after the Good Humor Bar was created, Burt outfitted a fleet of twelve street vending trucks with freezers and bells from which to sell his creation. The first set of bells came from his son’s bobsled. Good Humor bars have since been sold from everything from tricycles to push carts to trucks.
After waiting three years for a patent, Burt took a trip to Washington, D.C., in 1923 with a five-gallon pail of Good Humor bars for the patent officials to sample. It worked – his patent was granted.
This very simple ice cream sandwich (recipe) is exactly like the ones you’ll remember from childhood. It tastes just like the ones purchased from the Good Humor Man’s ice cream truck with a soft, sticky, chewy cookie around soft, plain vanilla ice cream.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 10 minutes
Additional time: 30 minutes
Freeze time: 15 minutes + 3 hours
Yield: 6 ice cream sandwiches
Non-stick vegetable cooking spray
1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sifted Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
6 scoops vanilla ice cream
ChefSecret: You don’t need to use an expensive ice cream, just use a basic, cheap, grocery-store vanilla ice cream which has a lot of air whipped into it. This will make it easier to handle.
Quip of the Day: Q. Why does the ice cream man go so slow? A. Because he’s a sundae driver.
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