Chocolate Wafers

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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.

Chocolate Pilgrim Hats

pilgrim chocolate wafer houseWoman'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.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

chocolate wafer ice cream cookie sandwichesChocolate-Hazelnut Ice Cream Sandwiches are from Better Homes and Gardens. Ice cream is sandwiched between two chocolate wafers and the edges coated in chopped nuts.  Visit BHG for the recipe.

Bumble Bees

bumble bee dessertThese 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.

Icebox Cake

chocolate mocha hazelnut icebox cakeThe 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, brandy, and hazelnut praline.  Get the Chocolate Mocha Icebox Cake recipe here.

Nutrition Information For Chocolate Wafers

Serving Size
1 cup, crumbs
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 2mg
Sodium 650mg
Total Carbohydrate 81g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 33g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A  0% Vitamin C  0%
Calcium  0% Iron  0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.