When my sisters and I were little girls, bedtime always came with a snack. Sometimes we enjoyed graham crackers or a cookie with a glass of milk. Most often we ate ice cream which Dad bought by the half gallon from the Webster Dairy. We stirred it up in our bowls until it was soft and creamy.
On nights when ice cream was scarce, and maybe because she liked it as a child, Mom would make us "sugar sandwiches." A piece of bread was spread with soft butter, sprinkled with white sugar, and folded over. Sugar sandwiches sounded sweet, but the sugar granules crunched like sand between my teeth. Maybe my sisters liked them better than I. Eventually I asked for plain bread and butter instead. I think my mom was disappointed.
Ice cream was the preferred bedtime snack. Apparently it was Mom and Dad's favorite too. In later years the freezer was never without a "half gallon" or two. (Does anyone actually sell half gallons anymore?) Dad's favorite flavors often included nuts; maple walnut, butter pecan.. and no matter how full she was after supper, Mom rarely turned down the offer of a dish of ice cream.