Saturday, July 3, 2021

CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE aka Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll: National Chocolate Wafer Day!

Today is National Chocolate Wafer Day! I love chocolate wafers, and I usually have a few boxes in the pantry. One, because they're not always easy to find and Two, because I use them in pie crusts.
Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, are the most famous, for sure. They are thin and round, crisp, and dark. I did a little digging into the history of these Wafers (not called cookies) and the Famous Chocolate Icebox Cake. According to a Washington Post article in the Nabisco archives there is a 1929 ad for the chocolate wafers. The copy in the ad suggests layering the wafers with whipped cream and refrigerating them overnight for an easy, elegant dessert. By 1930, the recipe for Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll was printed on every tin of the chocolate wafers. Don't you wish the Famous Chocolate Wafers still came in a tin? How cool is that? The original tin had 10 ounces. The contemporary packages have 9 ounces.

Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll aka Icebox Cake!
Recipe from Nabisco

Don't be afraid to experiment with flavor in the Whipped Cream such as Kahlua or Chocolate Liqueur or add just a bit of sugar when you're whipping the cream. Here's the "original" recipe. The whipping cream actually softens the wafers, so this is absolutely delicious, and, as always, easy!

1 tsp vanilla
1 pint (2 cups) whipping cream, whipped
1 package (9 oz.) FAMOUS Chocolate Wafers

ADD vanilla to whipped cream; stir gently until well blended.
SPREAD 1-1/2 tsp of the whipped cream mixture onto each wafer. Stack wafers together, then stand on edge on serving platter to make a log.
Frost with the remaining whipped cream mixture. 
REFRIGERATE at least 4 hours or overnight. Cut dessert diagonally into 14 slices to serve.
Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

I like to add chocolate curls or grated chocolate to the top. 

For the Fourth of July, add raspberries and blueberries! It's a great Independence Day dessert.

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