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Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll

My friend G’s mother in Morris Plains NJ used to make these icebox cakes in the sixties.  I always loved to eat a slice of one.  And they still sell the cookies you need to make one. I hear they are difficult to find.  I found a box on the top shelf of Giant Eagle supermarket right here in Pittsburgh and I saw them for sale in Kroger in Ohio.

We are still missing the NABISCO bakery which is now a location for Google and the new gym, Anthropologie and some other stores.  There is even a hotel in Bakery Square where the NABISCO bakery used to be.  I am not sure if they used to bake these chocolate wafers in that facility or not.   Found an article that these cookies were advertised in 1929 with this recipe suggestion!    And the author of the article is correct- these cookies are always hidden on the top shelf in the cookie aisle.   I’ve been thinking about making a Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll  for a long time.  So I bought the Famous Chocolate Wafers and a pint of heavy cream to whip.  Mine did not look as neat and lovely as my friend’s mother’s dessert did when we were growing up.  Once I covered it all with the leftover whipped cream it looked better. It is chilling now.  Laura is coming in tomorrow from OH and I hope she will find it amazing when we slice it and it is striped. Milk chocolate is all I had for a garnish but dark chocolate garnish would have looked better.  After you put it all together, it sits in the refrigerator and as I remember it, the cookies soak up moisture and get cakelike and soft, with the layers of cream in between. A no-bake dessert you just assemble and refrigerate.  Anyone remember eating this as a child?

If you want the nutritional information you can click here but just enjoy a single slice and have people over to share it!

8 responses

  1. I’ve never heard of that. Very cool.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:31 am

  2. Rob

    I never heard of these cookies. It isn’t pie but I would try it for sure. I am going to start looking for these cookies at the grocery…on the top shelf of course.

    June 25, 2011 at 5:25 am

  3. Laura

    14 servings?! that’s huge

    June 25, 2011 at 6:31 am

  4. Toni

    This was an old stand by of my Mother’s! It was always a favorite. The cookies used to be easy to find – but as you said – on the top shelf and not too many packages. I haven’t made this in ages!!! Its a good one – a blast from the past for sure!!

    June 25, 2011 at 6:43 am

  5. I’m going to buy the wafers today, make the cake and remember…

    June 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

  6. Sue Reinfeld

    OOOH – that looks like it tastes so good. Who cares if it doesn’t look perfect.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

  7. Marilyn Marsh Noll

    Yes, I remember these. My Mom used to make them. I’ll try to find them again. Thanks for sharing.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

  8. erica

    I’m so amused thinking that Giant Eagle is going to have a run on chocolate wafers and not know why!! :-)
    Perfect photo essay, with recipe from the box, which ends with: “for more recipes and nutritional information visit Kraftfoods.com. It’s that nutrrtional info I seek …. good dairy day!!! :-)

    June 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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