The Curious Case of the Ice Cream Sandwich That Doesn’t Melt

07/23/2014 at 02:19 PM ET

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Some things in life you just don’t question. The sky is blue. The sun is in the sky. Ice cream turns into a puddle if left under said sun in said blue sky.

Why, then, did a Walmart Great Value brand ice cream sandwich barely melt after 12 hours on a patio in 80-degree sunshine? That’s what Cincinnati-area resident Christine Watson wondered when she found the still-solid frosty treat that her son had left outside, reports TV station WCPO.

The short story: Because Walmart’s ice cream sandwiches are low in buttermilk, butterfat and cream (the dairy ingredients that melt), instead opting for corn syrup, guar gum and cellulose gum to build what approximates ice cream, they are apparently superhuman and immune to the feeble powers of the sun, the largest object in our solar system.

They are also $3 a dozen instead of about that for a cup at a Haagen Dazs, and FDA-approved. So, if you’re heading out for a day at the beach, this could be your chance to try the melt test for yourself.

Or, just opt for a frozen cocktail sorbet and call it a day.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Tom H. on

I have never eaten a Walmart GV ice cream sandwich; but having eaten a very gooey Great Value version of Poptarts, I am not surprised that it’s full of gum.

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The Curious Case of the Ice Cream Sandwich That Doesn’t Melt.

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