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We've done some sleuthing to find some of the most creative and favorite uses for this old-time chocolate treat.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
Chocolate Wafer History
Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers were born in 1924 - a product of the National Biscuit Company, aka Nabisco. Technically a cookie the thin, crisp, dark chocolate wafers we popularized and have withstood the test of time for over 80 years.
The first chocolate wafer cookie was packed in a tin along with a ginger cookie and a sugar wafer. The ginger and sugar wafers have long since been abandoned but the chocolate wafer lives on.
One of the first published recipe uses for the wafer was Nabisco's Icebox Cake. The simple recipe consists of a stack of wafers with whipped cream in between, slathered all over more whipped cream to form a sweet "log". The log was then frozen.
Other classic uses for the wafer include crushed wafers used as crusts for pies and cheesecakes.
Although the wafers have been popular for so many years they can be a little hard to find. The trick is to look for them in the area where chocolate and other ice cream sauces are kept, rather than the cookie isle.
Woman's Day Magazine's Pilgrim Hat Cookies
Our all-time favorite use for chocolate wafers these cute little cookies are made from one chocolate water with a peanut butter cup inverted on top and orange icing for form the hat rim and buckle. Get the Pilgrim Hat Cookie recipe here.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Ice Cream Sandwiches are from Better Homes and Gardens. Ice cream is sandwiched between two choclate wafers and the edges coated in chopped nuts. Visit BHG for the recipe.
These Bumble Bees are made with pudding and a layer of crushed chocolate wafers and 2 whole wafers for the wings. Black gumdrops are used for the eyes. This is a Nabisco recipe and can be found here:
The Icebox Cake is one of the first recipes from the Nabisco company using their chocolate wafers We found this to be the most creative variation of the original. Instead of plain whipped cream, it adds instant espresso powder, Kahlua, bittersweet chocolate and mini-marshmallows. The exterior has been improved too with large "dots" of wafers. Get the Mocha Icebox Cake recipe