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Capitol Hosts Largest Ice-Cream Sandwich

By Associated Press / June 23, 1995



The 50th anniversary of the ice-cream sandwich may be one for the books, according to the International Ice Cream Association.

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The Guiness Book of Records, that is.

To commemorate the anniversary this year the dairy industry unveiled the world's largest ice-cream sandwich yesterday before guests assembled at the annual Capitol Hill ice-cream party.

At 8-feet-by-3-feet, and 1 foot high, the world's largest ice-cream sandwich required 131 gallons of vanilla ice cream (about 780 pounds).

The monster sandwich is the equivalent of 4,320 standard-sized ice-cream sandwiches. The wafer holes were punched by hand using a 1-1/4 inch pipe.

The annual Capitol Hill ice-cream party is a summertime tradition - a three-hour celebration of the cool, sweet American treat, ice cream.

Eagerly awaited by members of Congress, their families and staffs, and other special guests, the ice-cream party was to dish up an estimated 2,500 gallons of ice cream and frozen yogurt, 250 gallons of toppings, and 5,000 root-beer floats.

The event is sponsored by the International Ice Cream Association, the Milk Industry Foundation, and the National Cheese Institute.

Each year, more than 10,000 ice-cream lovers indulge at the event, making it the largest ice-cream party in the world.