Move over cupcakes and make way for ice cream sandwiches. As the latest “it” dessert, these delicious frozen delights have evolved tremendously in the past few years and have gone from the forgotten section of grocery-store freezers to being featured on dessert menus. Made from scratch these days, cookies and donuts with gourmet seasonal ice cream have replaced the traditional chocolate wafer with vanilla insides.
Sprinkles Ice Cream
944 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Sprinkles has made quite the name for themselves in the past several years. And, they deserve it. With delicious ice cream, cupcakes and other treats, they have become a sweets powerhouse in Southern California. If you’re hungry for a sweet treat ice cream sandwich, head to any one of their Orange County locations and pick from the wall of flavors being offered for the day along with two of your favorite cookies. The possibilities are endless here for flavors!
17406 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
As a favorite among cookie lovers, this hidden gem is located in a small strip mall in Huntington Beach, and serves up giant macaroons along with its ice cream. Snow Monster changes up the concept of what the typical ice cream sandwich is elsewhere around the world. Along with elegant and beautiful macaroons, which come in a variety of flavors including s’mores, strawberry, pistachio and churros, you can add a wide variety of ice cream flavors including horchata, taro, mint, green tea, and black sesame as well as several other alternative flavors to complete your sandwich. Macaroons here are thin and slightly moist, which make them a perfect for stuffing as well. Make sure to ask for a spoon with your order as your kids will love watching the colors change as it gets cold. One fun thing they do at Snow Monster is they give you a spoon that changes color when it gets cold.
Afters Ice Cream
18030 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Sweet Tooth? No problem. Afters Ice Cream has got you covered. Afters is known for their decadent Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches. You choose your ice cream and it is stuffed inside of a delicious donut called a “milky bun”. There are Instructions on the wall that tell you the step-by-step procedure on how to order. First you “Cream”, then you “Fill”, then you “Seal” and then, you “Eat”. After’s hand blends all their ice creams and they have distinct flavors such as Cookie Monster, butter cookie and Jasmine milk tea. If you prefer not to have your donut glazed that is an option as well.
3972 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
Offering a new entry into the ice cream sandwich world, The Creamistry offers a unique made-to-order sandwich where liquid nitrogen is the key to creating the creamy consistency. Starting off by preparing a generous scoop of your favorite ice cream, the sandwich maker then blasts it with liquid nitrogen for a creamy smooth finish. Placing two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies between the delicious ice cream creates the perfect combination of creamy ice cream and a warm crispy cookie. What should you order? With over 40 flavors and 50 mix-ins/toppings, it is hard to decide, but according to owner Jay Yim the top three selling flavors are: cookie butter with marshmallow cream, black sesame with mocha and nutella and almonds. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, you’ll love watching the process and equally enjoy the delicious treat.
9938 Bolsa Ave, Ste 117
Westminster, CA 92683
For an inventive twist on ice cream sandwiches head to Snow Station. Here, you can get ice cream in between macarons. Inside the macarons is a light and fluffy ice cream that is as unique as it comes. Calling it ‘snow,’ this melty and delicious treat will be great for your taste buds.