Neapolitan ice cream is a flavor that is actually composed of three flavors in one package: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Unlike some multi-flavored ice creams, neapolitan ice cream is always layered, rather than swirled together. This layering makes it a perfect choice both for those who like all three flavors and for a group of people who simply want to eat one flavor apiece. I have always enjoyed the combination of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry – particularly when the three meet in an ice cream sandwich – and so the Trader Joe’s Neapolitan Joe-Joe’s immediately appealed to me, even though they’re a room-temperature treat instead of a frozen one.
The Joe-Joe’s have chocolate wafer and vanilla wafer cookies sandwiching a strawberry cream. The cookies are the same that you’ll find on some of the other Joe-Joe varieties and the cream filling is made with freeze dried strawberries. Using real strawberries makes a huge difference in these cookies, as you can smell, taste and see the fresh berries – not just see a pink color to the filling.
The cookies really capture the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry combination that you want to find in a Neapolitan dessert. And like the classic ice cream flavor, the strawberries are really the star of the show. The vanilla and chocolate simply accent the fresh berry flavor, making the cookies feel perfect for summertime snacking. I enjoyed them with a glass of cold milk, but I am tempted to toss a few in the freezer and see how well they satisfy my cravings for real neapolitan ice cream sandwiches on hotter days!