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Wafers they serve in some ice cream shops

When I as young, and lived in Syracuse, Indiana, there was an old fashioned ice cream shop where they always served wafers with their sundaes. The wafers were fan-shaped, and very thin. Golden brown outside, crispy, with a creamy white (VERY THIN) layer of something sweet in the middle. I have a memory of them being vanilla flavoured.

I recently saw what looked like some of them being served with ice cream in the Brain Freeze episode of Diners Driveins and Dives at the place in New Orleans they featured. The Creole Creamery it was called. They were serving what looked like thsoe wafers with their desserts. I'd LOVE to get my hands on some, or learn how to make them myself.

Anyone know what they might be called, or how I could find a recipe for them?

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  1. They are called gaufrettes. I'm sure you can google the receipe. They are sold at most gourmet markets and because they are so delicate are sold in a tin.

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    1. re: Tinitime

      Looked at some images, the one I am thinking of have no patterns on them, they're smooth, and the photos I'm looking at look thicker than the wafers I saw in the show just now. Hmmmm... doing more research.

      1. re: todao

        The wafers on the ice cream sculpture in the middle link -might- be them, but I can't tell how thick they are. I'm gona see if I can do a screen capture from the episode that shows what I mean. :)

      2. I went on a hunt for these a couple of years ago - and posted here as well....but to no avail. I have not seen them recently in any travels. There were a couple of places that sell them on line - but even once contacted could not actually deliver....so I had to give up! Hope you have better luck and let us know if you do!!!

        1. I believe they are called oblaten. The formal name is the Original Carlsbad Oblaten and the company's website is http://www.oblaten.com/OB_oblaten.html. I've seen them very occasionally in gourmet shops but when I wrote the company to find out where I could find them in the Boston, MA, area, the answer was that they are sometimes available at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I have on very rare occasions found them there before.

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          1. re: Velda Mae

            Oh this looks like the right thing, very very thin! I'll poke around more for sources, thanks!

          2. I used to buy them at the grpcery store. They were made by a French company called St.Michel, but I have not seen them in years. I should go look for them again, as I really loved them - perhaps send you a care package ? :)

            1. Got an answer back from Creole Creamery about them, this is what he said:
              The wafers we use are made by Roland. The company I get them from imports
              them from France. They are called Gaufrettes-Eventails. Hope that
              helps!!--David--

              So looks like those and the oblaten are pretty much the same sorts of things! Thanks everyone. :)

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              1. re: Morganna

                "Oblaten" are the round host things made of rice paper. Comes from "Oblates", the holy order. Definitely not the same as the wafers. BTW "Eventail" is French for "Fan".

                1. re: souschef

                  I prefer the gaufrette to the oblaten. The gaufrette are sweeter and more buttery. I can only find them at Williams Sonoma, so I stock up when I'm there.

                  1. re: souschef

                    Guess I should have looked at the link first; I did now. I suppose you could call anything round Oblaten. I am used to the rice paper stuff.

                2. These gaufrettes are sold by Williams Sonoma in their stores. I bought some a month ago in New Orleans. They are simply labeled "French Gaufrettes", come in a blue tin and are outrageously expensive. I just checked their online store web site and nothing came up in the search. Roland foods also sells these, these are the ones I have had in restaurants in the US. www.rolandfood.com. Select baked goods and click on gaufrettes You could contact them directly or maybe go to a market that sells Roland foods and ask them to order them for you.

                  1. Update on the message I just posted: you can buy these on Amazon...www.shopping.amazon.com the are called fancy fan wafers from France and come in the 45 and 90 degree wedges. The amount per package is quite large 38 to 70+ ounces. They are $1.29 an ounce compared to $2.20 an ounce at Williams Sonoma where I Paid $22 for a 10 oz tin.

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                    1. re: norwoodpa

                      Thankyou for the update....I'll be checking it out for sure....and saving them for when the warm weather returns!!