How can you go wrong with Ice Cream Sandwiches? These frozen treats combine two great desserts – Ice Cream and Cookies. While I remember scarfing down Ice Cream Sandwiches as a kid, I have fond memories of the Chipwich, which burst on the dessert scene in New York in 1981. It consisted of Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched between two Chocolate Chip cookies. And I think the edges of the Ice Cream were rolled in Chocolate Chips. (I don’t remember if a Chocolate Ice Cream version was available.)
While Chipwiches were quite good, Ice Cream Sandwiches have come a long way. The number of flavors and varieties available now is staggering.
Among the whimsically named flavor combinations on New York-based Melt Bakery’s menu: the Lovelet (Red Velvet Meltcakes + Cream Cheese Ice Cream); the Mortician (Crackly Chocolate Cookies + Malted Chocolate Rum Ice Cream); and the Elvis (Peanut Butter Cookies + Banana Ice Cream). And the most popular flavor? The Classic (Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies + Vanilla Ice Cream). There are seasonal specials each month; August is heralding the arrival of Corn Ice Cream.
Seattle-based Sweet Wheels is a food truck specializing in handmade Ice Cream Sandwiches. Standard Ice Cream Sandwiches include a Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie with Vanilla Ice Cream; an Espresso/Chocolate Shortbread Cookie with White Coffee Ice Cream; and a Salted Oatmeal Cookie with Coconut Ice Cream. And you can create Custom Sandwiches by combining these Cookies with different Ice Cream flavors. Sweet Wheels’ Ron said “When people read the menu without having had our Ice Cream Sandwiches, they often choose Sandwiches with Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies. However, when people are returning customers, with some experience eating our Sandwiches, then the Salted Oatmeal Cookie with Coconut Ice Cream is first.” (Also see the Dessert Surveillance posting on Oatmeal Cookies.)
Coolhaus, with a national fleet of Ice Cream trucks and two storefronts in Southern California, is known for its architecturally inspired gourmet ice cream sandwiches. Co-founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller began naming their Ice Cream Sandwiches after architects and architectural movements that inspired them. Interesting Ice Cream flavors abound. How about Balsamic Fig & Mascarpone? Or Bourbon Pecan Pie? Or Chocolate Chipotle? Or Root Beer Float? And Cookie choices include Chocolate Chunk Pretzel; Double Chocolate with Sea Salt; Gluten-Free Coconut Almond; Potato Chip & Butterscotch; and S’mores.
These are Natasha Case’s answers to my questions:
Of the many flavor combinations you offer, which is the most popular?
Our most popular Ice Cream Sandwiches are twists on classics, like Mintimalism (Dirty Mint Chip Ice Cream with fresh mint and brown sugar + Double Chocolate Chip Cookies) and Im Pei-nut Butter (Peanut Butter Ice Cream + Double Chocolate Chip Cookies)…but also really innovative ones like…. Lucky Charms Ice Cream & Snickerdoodle Cookies.
Will any new flavors be added?
We’re always creating new Ice Cream flavors and brainstorming unique Sandwich combinations. I don’t think we’ll ever stop adding new flavors.
Can Coolhaus share any Ice Cream Sandwich trends with us?
Ice Cream Sandwiches in general are becoming a bigger trend this year. I read an Entrepreneur article late last year where they predicted Cupcakes and Donuts would be out and Ice Cream Sandwiches would be in….Beyond that, I’ve seen people get really innovative with Cookies, like Churro [deep-fried dough] Cookies for example and unique types of macaroons. There are also a lot of Ice Creams using Asian ingredients with high acidity right now, i.e., yuzu [a sour citrus fruit].”
I’m ready for an Ice Cream Sandwich!