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Ice cream sandwich ideas

homemade ice cream sandwichesThe temperature outside is much higher than I’d like it to be and, as it’s only July, we have a lot more warm weather to look forward to this year (especially in Southern California, if last summer’s heat was any indication!). Cold desserts are a great way to cool down when it’s hot out. One of my favorites is the ice cream sandwich, because it is easy, portable and can be subject to any number of variations. On a cool day – or at least a cooler day – I’ll often bake up a batch of cookies destined to become part of ice cream sandwiches, which allows me to assemble the treats in advance and store them individually in the freezer.

Chocolate chip cookies paired with vanilla ice cream are my favorite combination to make, not to mention the fact that they’re the most obvious choice. Other food bloggers have come up with some more creative, more delicious combinations to give this treat some variety:

And if you’re thinking of buying ice cream sandwiches, there are probably several dozen choices to be found in your grocer’s freezer. Cook’s Illustrated recently did a taste test, putting Nestlé/Carnation, Klondike and Blue Bunny sandwiches at the top of their list, followed by Turkey Hill and Julie’s Organics. If you can find them in your area, you might want to check out It’s It sandwiches (not included in CI’s test), if you haven’t tried them already.

Feel free to leave your favorite brands and flavor suggestions for others to try in the comments!

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  • Harvey
    July 26, 2007

    Boy, I’ve never seen ice cream sandwiches so fancied up before!

    My favorite was always the Klondike Bar – nice and crunchy without the messy aftermath.

    How about a Neopolitan Ice Cream Sandwich with strawberry and vanilla ice cream surrounded by chocolate cake cookies? Yum!

  • Jocelyn
    July 26, 2007

    how about double chocolate cookies with pear sorbet?

  • Harry
    July 30, 2007

    My tastes run to non-chunky cookies with vanilla. I recently made some Heath Bar Cookies and found those to go most excellently with vanilla ice cream.

  • kellypea
    August 9, 2007

    Thanks for checking out my chocolate decadence ice cream sandwiches!

  • costa del sol rentals
    July 21, 2009

    Could you please advise me – why don’t you put any sugar to the batter when leave at the refrigerator? I always supposed that yeast work better with sugar/honey…

  • budwig diet
    August 3, 2009

    Yes these are a great way of cooling down! There is a heatwave here in Spain at the moment and this is a great way of cooling yourself down during these hot days. Also makes a nice change for the kids. We like sliced apple in our ice cream sandwiches. I like the idea of having chocolate chips and will give it a try.

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