A moment, please, for that iconic summer food, the ice cream sandwich. No doubt you’ve plucked a box off the grocery store shelves, ripped the sticky wrapper off one a few minutes later, and been… disappointed. Though it’s true that on the stickiest summer day, anything cold will do the trick to take the edge off (we see you, Italian ice), the best ice cream sammies are homemade.
Hold the phone! It’s 2021. We told you life should be easier however possible this year, and we meant it. So snag the box if you must, because mediocre ice cream sandwiches are better than none at all. Otherwise, consider all the shortcuts to more deliciousness. We’ve got yer ice cream sandwich kits for making the cookies from scratch and your ice cream machines, but we also have a really great hack for getting perfectly shaped rounds of frozen deliciousness into your maw asap. Plus a boozy kit that’s even faster.
Here are a few tasty ways to eat more ice cream sandwiches ASAP! Because you’re worth it.
Are we the only ones who thought “I’ll make my own! So easy!” and then, cursing and covered in melting ice cream moments later, swore never to do it again? Here’s the trick you need: Grab your serrated bread knife and a couple of really frozen pints of ice cream, and slice right through the cardboard pints to get the neatest little rounds. Sandwich them on homemade or storebought cookies. Your friends will start calling you “the genius” in your group. Here’s the full, drop-dead delicious approach to the pistachio-chocolate chunk ice cream sandwiches of your dreams.
Look, we’re going to point you to the epic pistachio-chocolate chunk cookies we just mentioned, which were designed and tested to hold ice cream without breaking into shards. (Remember, you don’t actually want these suckers to be too hard, or the ice cream will squish out. But once you’ve got The Hack down, the world is your oyster. Er, cookie. So dream big, and consider the last soft-but-not-too-soft cookie you ate. (Perhaps double chocolate cookies?)
Summer can be messy. Sandy and sticky and hot and wonderful. If you’re more of a “bring on the squish” person when it comes to your ice cream sandwiches, there will be no fussy slicing of ice cream rounds. You’ll have a big vat of ice cream, you’ll be waiting until it’s just warm enough to scoop, and then you’ll be pushing it into whatever incarnation it needs to be in in order to fit through your maw. Respect. Buy it at the store, use one of our fabulous starters to shorten your wait time, or make the whole thing from scratch in one of our machines. But make sure it’s good enough to get everyone excited.
There’s something almost “Candid Camera”-esque about handing someone a homemade ice cream sandwich that looks so commercially made they expect mediocrity. Have your camera phone handy to film the expression resulting from their first bite. This ice cream sandwich maker is cool enough that you’ll want to use it year-round. Make the cookies in the included molds; use egg-oil-and-water brownie mix, if you like! Break out your ice cream maker for super-luxe ice cream to put in there. If you want it all to look traditional, go for a subtle vanilla bean custard ice cream. And don’t forget about shortcuts! Chef’n offers its ice cream sandwich maker with our starter ice cream kits. Our pals at Tipsy Scoop provides pre-made cookies and frozen pints of ice cream… infused with booze. You can have ice cream sandwiches 10 minutes after opening the package.
5. The Extras
This part is fun. Think of the last best flavor combo you had. Lemon-pistachio doughnuts? Great. Make our pistachio cookies and fill them with lemon sorbet; press the ice cream rounds into chopped pistachios. Strawberries and chocolate? Awesome. Make homemade strawberry ice cream, chocolate sandwich cookies, and dip half the sandwich in melted chocolate. Re-freeze it briefly before eating. We’ve also got all the sprinkles you could ever want (including a next-level mix from The Flour Shop) to amp up the look of your concoction.
Guys, it does not get better than this. Thank goodness for hot weather.